Dangerous childrens toys to avoid this holiday season

On behalf of Mike Clancy

It’s Thanksgiving week once again. Family and friends in Chicago will gather together to celebrate the blessings in their lives. They’ll eat turkey, drink festive cocktails and maybe watch a little football. When the day finally comes to a close, individuals will likely turn their attention towards December’s events.

A big part of the holiday season come December is gift-giving, and it is likely little coincidence that the biggest shopping day of the year lands on the third Friday of November. A lot of the gift-giving focus is on surprising the children, but the truth is that some of the toys out there are deceptively dangerous.

Although the civil court system provides relief to those that are hurt by dangerous children’s toys, it is probably safe to assume that most people would like to avoid injury in the first place. To accomplish this, World Against Toys Causing Harm publishes a list every year that names the 10 most dangerous toys.

Landing on the list for 2013 are toys that range from the less obvious hazards such as contaminants to the more visible dangers, like a slingshot that could take out an eye.

Although Chuangfa Toys Factory’s automatic rifle seems like a weapon hazard, it doesn’t actually shoot a projectile. The rifle contains small parts that the group has deemed a choking hazard to small children. The Disney Princess Backpack Fishing Kit contains lead, and could pose a toxic risk to kids who may put an item in their mouth.

With the current focus on reducing head injuries suffered by children, the Spooner “Ultimate Fun Board” may not be the best choice. Impact injuries could result from use of the blow-up Rock and Roll tube from The Little Tikes Company.

Source: Laurel Patch, “10 Worst Toys of 2013: Safety Group Calls Little Pink Backpack Dangerous,” Danna Walker, Nov. 24, 2013

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