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Boston-Based WATCH Issues Its 2011 “Worst Toy List”

Just in time for the holidays World Against Toys Causing Harm, which is based in Boston, has put out its list of 10 worst kids’ toys. The products that made this year’s top 10 include:

Twist ‘n Sort by Guidecraft, Inc.: Small pieces pose a choking hazard to young kids.

Power Rangers Samurai Mega Blade by Bandai: The sword, which flips open, has a toy blade that could cause impact injuries.

Fold & Go Trampoline by The Original Toy Company: Small parts pose a choking hazard. Head, neck, and other bodily injuries can also happen.

Pulling Animal Duck by Haba: Long cord can be pose a strangulation hazard.

School Bus from Schylling: Small pieces are a choking hazard. There is a warning label that comes with it, but it is removable.

Z-CURVE BOW by Zing Toys, Inc.: Arrows can cause eye injuries and may also injure animals.

Stepper “Low Rise” Stilts by JJI Toys: May cause impact and head injuries.

Sword Fighting Jack Sparrow by Jakks Pacific: Small pieces can pose a choking hazard. Plastic sword that activates upward can cause impact injuries. No warning included.

Incredible Shrinky Dinks Maker by Big Time Toys, LLC: Electricity required, which places users at risk of burn injuries and electric shock.

“Gigan” Godzilla Figure by Bandai: Sharp parts increase the chances of impact and penetrating injuries.

Child injuries caused by a toy can grounds for a Boston products liability lawsuit. Manufacturers are supposed to make sure that all kids’ products are designed so that they are safe for use, create a minimum risk or injury, and, if there are any hazards, that warnings are included. Also, toys should be designated for the appropriate age group.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, some 250,000 toy-related injuries in 2009 resulted in visits to hospital emergency rooms. This year, said WATCH president Joan Siff, about 3.8 units of toys were recalled.

U.S. consumer group flags 10 most dangerous toys, Reuters, November 17, 2011
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