Christmas is a special holiday, especially for children as they receive presents, usually toys, from Santa. However, each year, some of the toys sold on the market are considered to be dangerous.
The most dangerous toys this holiday
According to a consumer watchdog group, some of the most dangerous toys on the market are a Godzilla figure with dagger attachments, and a Power Rangers samurai mega blade action figure. The World Against Toys Causing Harm group from Boston presented this Wednesday its list of top 10 most dangerous children’s toys, a list which they make each year. The list can be very useful, especially since this is the period when people start to shop for Christmas.
Some of the items from the list represented electrocution, puncture wounds, or choking hazards for the children.
On the list were items the group said pose risks for choking, electrocution, puncture wounds and more. Joan Siff, president of WATCH, stated that more than 3.8 million unites of at least 28 toy models were recalled on the past years in the United States of America. These toys were really dangerous as they could cause the children much harm. However, she stated that even if the toys were recalled, it is much better to prevent these toys from being released on the market. She stated that these toys should receive numerous tests before being released, because once they are on the market, people will buy them.
The group first started its annual list in 1973, and since then, they were able to draw attention on some of the toys, in the majority of the cases, those toys being removed from the market. Amongst some of the flagged toys, was the “Z-Curve Bow”, which is a foam bow and arrow set. The set is recommended for children eight and over. However, according to James Swartz, a director of WATCH, the bow can do lots of damage, even of the instructions state that the bow should not be pulled back at more than half strength, and that it should not be fired at people in close proximity.
Another dangerous toy was the “Fold & Go Trampoline”. It came with warning that it should be used for controlled bouncing, but according to Swartz, that is impossible. He stated that even if the toys have warnings, children will not respect them. They will most likely shoot the bow to anyone close enough and they will not jump in the proper manner on the trampoline.
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, on 2009 alone, there have been 250,000 toy related injuries. According to Stacy Leistner, a spokesman for the Toy Industry Association, toys are much safer than they ever were. She stated that the toys are constantly analyzed, and numerous tests are performed on them, in order to make sure that they are of the highest quality and that they are not dangerous. She stated that safety is their number one concern, and not just during the holiday season.