Even though an estimated 174,100 toy-related injuries to children 15 years old or younger were treated in the nation’s hospital emergency departments in 2016, it’s unlikely your child will be harmed playing with toys delivered by same-day Santa this holiday season.
Unless Santa somehow didn’t get the “10 Worst Toys” message from World Against Toys Causing Harm, or WATCH, a Boston nonprofit that recently released its annual list of hazardous toys that no child should own. The list includes the once-desirable Itty Bittys, Hallmark’s Disney-licensed baby stacking toy, recalled voluntarily in August because of “fabric hats that can detach, posing a choking hazard.” Despite the recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission — which also tracks injuries and deaths related to toy use each year — it’s still available online.
Here’s the complete list, with the warning and where the toy is sold.
- Hallmark Itty Bittys baby stacking toy (choking hazard/eBay).
- Pull Along Pony (strangulation, entanglement injuries/Magic Beans, Amazon.com, Bonanza.com).
- Wonder Woman Battle-Action Sword (blunt-force injuries/Target, Toysrus.com, Walmart.com).
- Hand Fidgetz Spinners (choking hazard/Walmart, Kippbrothers.com, Bulktoystore.com). To find out why parents also should be concerned about lead in fidget spinners
- Spider-Man Spider-Drone Official Movie Edition (eye, body-impact injuries/Target, Best Buy, Toysrus.com, Walmart.com).
- Nerf Zombie Strike Deadbolt Crossbow (potential for eye injuries/Kmart, Toysrus.com, Target.com, Walmart.com).
- Slackers Slackline Class Series Kit (strangulation, fall-related injuries/Amazon.com, Dickssportinggoods.com, L.L. Bean, Homedepot.com, Magic Beans).
- Oval Xylophone (ingestion, choking risk/Target.com, Toysrus.com, Walmart.com, Magic Beans).
- Jetts Heel Wheels (blunt impact, burn injuries/Kmart, Toys “R” Us, Walmart.com, Kohls.com, Target.com).
- Brianna Babydoll (choking risk/Target.com, Toysrus.com)
To ensure you buy the right toys for your children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends you:
- Check the label: Choose age-appropriate toys. (Check age labels on the toys). Children younger than 3 years old should not play with toys that have small parts, a choking hazard. Marbles and small balls can also for children under 3.
- Get safety gear: With scooters and other riding toys, provide supervision and proper safety equipment.
- Hoverboards: Although not considered a toy, hoverboards should be compliant with UL 2272 safety standard.
- Beware of magnets: High-powered magnet sets are dangerous. They should be kept away from children under 14. Building and play sets with small magnets should also be kept away from small children.
If your child needs medical attention for any reason, visit your local Hartford HealthCare/GoHealth Urgent Care Center.