Tuesday, December 30

10 Worst Toys 2008

2008 "10 Worst Toys" List by W.A.T.C.H

W.A.T.C.H.'s annual list nominates representative toys with the potential to cause childhood injuries, or even death.

Here are a few I've picked out.

Animal Alley Purse Set
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Age Recommendation:"0+"

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR INGESTION/ASPIRATION INJURIES!

This soft, colorful pony is sold for infants. The toy has long, fiber-like hair that is not adequately rooted and is easily removable, presenting the potential for ingestion or aspiration injuries. This hazard is not referenced anywhere on the product or product tags.

Meadow Mystery Play-a-sound Book with Cuddly pooh
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Age Recommendation: “18 months+” (box) and “RECOMMENDED FOR ALL AGE GROUPS” (toy)

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR CHOKING INJURIES!

This... doll is packaged and sold with a “Meadow Mystery” book. Pooh’s cloth mask, once removed, poses the potential for choking injuries. Despite the wording on the packaging and the book that the product has been safety tested for children “18 months+”, the tag attached to the plush toy indicates that it is “[r]ecommended for all age groups”.

Pucci Puppies
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Age Recommendation: “2 years +”

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR CHOKING INJURIES!

Oral age children as young as 2 years old are encouraged to play with this plush, golden retriever puppy, sold with a dog house and accessories including a bone, cookie, chew toy and food bowl. These accessories are small parts that could easily be ingested by a child, presenting the potential for serious choking injuries.


As always, we need to be vigilant and conscious as consumers and parents, and not rely on other people's recommendations, especially even that of a manufacturer.

5 comments:

  1. The Inflatable Giga ball looks like fun. *dream sequence* I can imagine what would have happened to my little brother if he crawled into that thing near all our friends. We had a very steep hill that we were fond of rolling things down. once we found one of those giant spools for telephone wire.. we rolled it down and it ran over someones mailbox. LOL that was funny.

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  2. lol, the things we do as kids. I can imagine the owner of the mailbox was very pleased.

    I think the giga ball would be fine under strict supervision, but perhaps for children over 5yrs old too, rather than 4yrs.

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  3. I can think of some other reasons why those are some of the worst toys! Why do all toys have to be plastic? WHY?? :-)

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  4. Anthromama - so true!

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  5. What the hell are those first things...you say "pony", but that isn't like any pony I've ever seen. Those "ponies" are the stuff of nightmares. YIKES! I'm glad we don't have kids...poor things, they wouldn't get any of that plastic crap that kids seem to adore these days...

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