This time of year, toy stores are jammed with parents trying to score the best toy for their child on Christmas morning. Many of those parents, full of good will, also purchase a toy for their local Toys for Tots bin. But don’t be fooled – just because little five-year-old Johnny wants a bb gun for Christmas doesn’t mean it’s safe – he’ll shoot his eye out!
Thankfully, organizations like WATCH (World Against Toys Causing Harm) post the top ten unsafe toy list every year so that you’ll know if what you run out to buy your child (and any child you happen to donate to) is safe for them to play with. This list does assume you have common sense though, so please leave the bb gun off the five year old’s wish list.
Below is the list published by WATCH for 2011. You can find the list in it’s entirety with photos at their website. Here’s wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!
1- TWIST N’ SORT made by Guidecraft Inc. Poses a choking hazard.
2-POWER RANGERS SAMURAI MEGA BLADE made by Bandai. Potential to cause serious facial and other impact injuries.
3-FOLD & GO TRAMPOLINE made by The Original Toy Company. Potential for neck, head and other bodily injuries.
4-PULLING ANIMAL DUCK made by Haba. Potential for strangulation.
5-SCHOOL BUS made by Schylling. Potential for choking hazard.
6-Z-CURVE BOW made by Zing Toys, Inc. Potential for eye injuries.
7-STEPPER “LOW RISE” STILTS made by JJI Toys. Potential for head injuries.
8-SWORD FIGHTING JACK SPARROW made by Jakks Pacific. Potential for eye injuries.
9-THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKY DINKS MAKER made by Big Time Toys, LLC. Potential for electric shock and burn injuries.
10-“GIGAN” GODZILLA FIGURE made by Bandai. Potential for impact and puncture wound injuries.