World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH), a nonprofit consumer watchdog group focused on toy safety, released its annual list of the top 10 most dangerous toys in 2017.
The risks associated with the toys on the last vary, from choking and burn hazards to risk of fall injuries and eye injuries. The group bemoans the alarming number of hazardous toys that continue to appear on store shelves and online retailers every year, citing a statistic from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that a child is treated in a U.S. emergency room every three minutes due to a toy-related injury.
WATCH’s list of the 10 worst toys of 2017 include:
WATCH states that the 10 toys in their Worst Toys list are “illustrative of some hazards in toys being sold to consumers,” but should not be taken as the only toys on the market that can pose an injury risk to children. The group believes that regulations on toy safety should be regarded as “a floor, not a ceiling,” in regards to manufacturing and selling products designed for children.
According to USA Today, the Toy Association, a trade association for the US toy industry, criticizes WATCH’s annual Worst Toys list as creating unnecessary panic for parents and guardians. According to the Toy Association, every toy sent to market in America must go through more than 100 safety tests before being available to consumers. The trade group believes that the products found on WATCH’s list should not concern consumers.
In addition, the Toy Association rebukes the citation of the CPSC toy-related injury statistic, stating that the term “toy-related” does not necessarily mean that the injury was caused directly by a toy, only that a toy was present or nearby when the injury occurred. However, the trade group agrees that parents should review toys for potential hazards to their child prior to buying a product.
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