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2016 10 Worst Toys List Urges Caution in Holiday Shopping

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World Against Toys Causing Harm released its annual list of the 10 worst toys warning of the potential for danger from some playthings this holiday season. (Screengrab via Twitter)

By    |   Wednesday, 16 Nov 2016 08:23 AM

The 2016 list of the 10 worst toys includes figurines, dolls, a pillow, and a slingshot, among other toys, according to a nonprofit organization that puts out the annual list.

World Against Toys Causing Harm, or WATCH, which seeks to educate customers about the dangers in some toys, listed the toys in a news release Tuesday.

"Although parents have a right to expect that toys they give to their children are safe, unsafe toys remain an ongoing problem," said a statement from WATCH. "Due to poor design, manufacturing and marketing practices, there are toys available for purchase today with the potential to lead to serious injury and even death.

"WATCH urges parents and caregivers to take precautions when buying toys — especially during the upcoming 2016 holiday season, which accounts for more than 65 percent of all toy sales," the statement continued.

Toys WATCH placed on its worst toy list included:

  • Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddles Family, because it could be a choking hazard.
  • Kids Time Baby Children's Elephant Pillow, because of the potential of suffocation.
  • Slimeball Slinger, because of a potential for eye injuries.
  • Banzai Bump N' Bounce Body Bumpers, because of possible impact injuries.
  • Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700 Blaster, because of potential eye injuries.
  • The Good Dinosaur Galloping Butch, because of potential puncture wound injuries.
  • Peppy Pups, because of potential strangulation injuries.
  • Flying Heroes Superman Launcher, because of possible eye and facial injuries.
  • Baby Magic Feed and Play Baby, because of possible ingestion injuries.
  • Warcraft Doomhammer, because of potential blunt impact injuries.

Joan E. Siff, president of WATCH, and James A. Swartz, its director, said in its statement that warning disclosures are often not enough.

"Omissions and inconsistencies regarding important safety information can lead to misinformed, and potentially dangerous, consumer toy purchases," the WATCH statement said. "In some cases, the warnings on toys may not take into account how children play and may be impractical to follow in the real world. Other times, warnings may be omitted completely."

Steve Pasierb, chief executive officer of the Toy Industry Association said in a statement that safety is a priority and that the mentioned toys have not been recalled or subjected to safety testing, NBC News reported.

"The toy community remains steadfast in its year-round commitment to creating safe toys and games that bring joy and learning to children all over the world," Pasierb said, according to NBC News. "All toys sold in the U.S. are highly regulated 365 days a year by the federal government and must meet more than 100 safety requirements."

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