toys in 2014 last month. W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm) is a Massachusetts non-profit organisation that publishes annual lists of the worst toys.
W.A.T.C.H. cautions consumers that this list
does not include all toys with potential hazards. It does however; illustrate hazards in toys that
parents should know about.
of its arrows to fly up to 145 feet. W.A.T.C.H.
expresses concern about the risk of eye injuries from this product. It also criticizes the product’s warnings:
This “light-up power” bow and arrow set is sold with three
“screaming whistle” arrows which are marketed as being able to fly “up to 145
ft! Remarkably, among the many warnings for children is an instruction that
arrows not be pulled back “more than half strength”, and that the “fire glow”
illuminated arrows and bow, designed for “night or day”, are “[n]ot for play in
between the ages of 3 to 8. W.A.T.C.H. believes
this toy is hazardous for outdoor use because it is low to the
ground. W.A.T.C.H. also criticizes the
products warning stating:
Furthermore, despite a warning to “always wear” a helmet and
other safety gear, the young rider pictured on the box is wearing no
warnings or list appropriate ages. .W.A.T.C.H. warns of the
potential for eye injuries from this product and comments:
Children of all ages, while being advised to “play safe and
enjoy,” are also encouraged to use a pencil-turned-catapult for “target
practice for your desktop!” Sharpened
pencils should not be marketed as playthings, much less a miniature
in this toy is hazardous as it “poses a risk of strangulation and entanglement.”
that children should not use it. It
reminds us that
Detailed replicas have resulted in a number of deaths
through the years and should never be sold as toys.
sold as an appropriate toy for babies as young as twelve-months-old. W.A.T.C.H. is concerned that a child could put “the slender,
rigid approximately 4½” long drumstick in his mouth and it could block the child’s airway.
your child “throw a party they will never forget.” W.A.T.C.H. warns of the potential for eye,
face, and other impact injuries and notes that the required “safety goggles”
are not supplied.
that the dolls
are sold with a decorative bow made of ribbon which can detach
from the head of the baby doll, posing the potential for choking if ingested.
for children 3 and over. W.A.T.C.H.
warns of the potential for blunt impact injuries.
The toy has long, fibre-like
hair that is not adequately rooted and is easily removable, presenting the
potential for ingestion or aspiration injuries.