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The Ten Worst Toys of 2016

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Banzai Bump N' Bounce Body Bumpers warn of serious injury or death on the packaging. Banzai Bump N' Bounce Body Bumpers warn of serious injury or death on the packaging.
The Nerf Rival Apollo Xv-700 Blaster does not come with face/eye protection and could cause injury. The Nerf Rival Apollo Xv-700 Blaster does not come with face/eye protection and could cause injury.
The Good Dinosaur Galloping Butch does warn of choking hazzards, but it does not warn about the sharp tail that could puncture a child's skin. The Good Dinosaur Galloping Butch does warn of choking hazzards, but it does not warn about the sharp tail that could puncture a child's skin.

By Danielle Barilla

The holiday season is just around the corner, and World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.) released their annual "10 Worst Toys" list this week.

W.A.T.C.H. urges parents and gift-givers to be cautious when buying toys for children, especially during the holiday season which accounts for 65% of all toy sales.

The list of "worst toys" includes: 

  • Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddles Family: Some packages say 3+ and others say 2+ for the same toy, without warning about choking hazards for two-year-olds.
  • Kids Time Baby Children's Elephant Pillow: Advertising images show an infant snuggling with a pillow, despite pillows for children under one being banned by a federal safety act due to potential suffocation. The package has no age warnings.
  • Slimeball Slinger: "Slimeballs" can be fired "over 30 feet" and could cause eye injuries.
  • Banzai Bump N' Bounce Body Bumpers: Children on the package are not wearing protective gear, although the package recommends it in fine print. The box also warns that the product could cause serious injury or death.
  • Nerf Rival Apollo Xv-700 Blaster: Kids are shown wearing protective masks covering the face and eyes on the package, but protective gear is sold separately leaving potential for eye injuries.
  • The Good Dinosaur Galloping Butch: The package does warn of choking hazards, but the sharp tail may cause puncture wounds.
  • Peppy Pups: "Despite the industry's standard required strings on playpen and crib toys to be less than 12 inches in length, manufacturers are permitted to market pull toys like the "Peppy Pup," with a cord measuring approximately 31 inches," W.A.T.C.H. wrote.
  • Flying Heroes Superman Launcher: Superman may fly and spin into a child's eye or face.
  • Baby Magic Feed and Play Baby: The spoon included with the baby doll is small enough to block a young child's airway.
  • Warcraft Doomhammer: The manufacturer does not offer any warnings regarding potential impact injuries associated with use of this heavy hammer.

To see the complete descriptions of the "10 Worst Toys" click here.

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