Most Dangerous Toy List of 2022
Posted on December 12, 2022 in Firm News
Despite recalls and warnings, toy safety remains a significant concern in our country. Many products sitting on the shelves of popular retailers right now are not safe or appropriate for children.
Unlike other types of industries, such as food or medications, toys are not put through the same scrutinizing safety testing. Oftentimes, toys aren’t recalled until after they cause severe and fatal harm, putting millions of children at unnecessary risk.
To help consumers purchase safe toys for their young ones, World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.) releases an annual list of the 10 Worst Toys proven to cause injuries. These products have misleading warnings, and dangerous components or are marketed toward children too young to play with them safely. Here are the 10 Worst Toys of 2022 and why they shouldn’t make your list.
10 Most Dangerous Toys List 2022
Cocomelon Musical Learning Watch
Primary Hazard: Potential For Battery Ingestion Injuries: The Cocomelon Watch for children 3+ has a coin battery that could cause chemical burns if ingested. Severe and fatal injuries can occur within two hours. The latch on the back of the watch must be secured or risk children being able to access the battery. (Retailers: Target, Kohls, Walmart, Amazon)
Nerf Pro Gelfire Mythic Blasters
Primary Hazard: Potential For Eye and Facial Injuries: This Nerf Pro gun is marketed as “not a toy,” but is placed in stores near the toy section. The gel beads that shoot from this gun can cause eye and facial injuries, as well as leave temporary marks on the skin. A semi-automatic feature causes the beads to shoot with force, and children 14+ are encouraged to wear facial protection. (Retailers: Ebay, Amazon, Walmart, Target)
Pop’n Fidget Spinners
Primary Hazard: Potential For Choking Injuries: Fidget spinners are very popular, but this brand, in particular, can cause choking injuries due to the rubber poppers coming detached. There is no age recommendation on this product, which can be misleading for consumers without children to know this toy should not be given to young kids. (Retailers: Amazon, Walmart)
Black Panther Wakanda Battle Claws
Primary Hazard: Potential For Eye and Facial Injuries: These Black Panther claws can cause serious eye and facial injuries if children hit or swipe toward someone’s face. But while the product has warnings such as “no hitting or swinging at people or animals,” it’s also marketed toward children 5+ who will likely try to mimic the comic book character. (Retailers: Walmart, Target, JCPenny, Kohls, Amazon)
Disney Raya’s Action & Adventure Sword
Primary Hazard: Potential For Blunt Force and Eye Injuries: Children will most likely want to use swords to fight, and this sword is made of rigid plastic that can cause blunt force and eye injuries. Marketed to children 3+, it’s hard to understand why manufacturers would make a toy weapon that would clearly cause harm. (Retailers: Amazon, Target, Walmart)
Ooze Labs Chemistry Station
Primary Hazard: Potential For Chemical-Related Injuries: The slime children will make with the Ooze Slime Lab can be toxic and lead to chemical-related injuries if ingested. Unfortunately, it’s marketed to children as young as 6 who are still in an age group that explores things with their mouths. You can provide heavy supervision with this product, but it may be better just to skip it. (Retailers: Target, Walmart, Amazon)
Primary Hazard: Potential For Ingestion/Aspiration Injuries: The long, hair-like fibers on this plush lion, made for children as young as 24 months, could be choking hazards. Children who pull or bite the hair may ingest and aspirate on the fibers. Effects can be life-threatening. (Retailers: Amazon, Henry Bear’s Park, Walmart)
Dingray Musical Bath Toy
Primary Hazard: Potential For Ingestion and Choking Injuries: The body of this toy is not the problem–it’s the mallet. The length and slenderness of the Dingray mallet make it a choking hazard for children who put things in their mouths. Yet, this product is marketed to children as young as 12 months old! (Retailers: Amazon, Walmart, Target)
Li’l Woodzeez Tickle-Your-Taste-Buds Bakery
Primary Hazard: Potential For Choking Injuries: This Li’l Woodzeez Bakery set comes with 69 small pieces that can all be choking hazards for young children. The recommended product age is for children as young as 3, but W.A.T.C.H. reports the pieces are far too small for children at this stage of development. (Retailers: Amazon, Target)
Bunny Rabbit Cuddly Pillow
Primary Hazard: Potential For Suffocation: While marketed as a sleeping pillow for all ages, the throw-away warnings on this product imply that the pillow is inappropriate for children under 3. The plushness of the pillow can pose a suffocation risk for babies and small children. (Retailers: Walmart, Amazon)
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