Dangerous toy accidents happen fast. One second, your child is safely playing with a new toy. The next second, they’re choking on a toy or screaming because of a serious eye injury. Dangerous toys are no joke. Your child’s life could be at risk.
In 2009, an estimated 186,000 children under 15 years old were treated in emergency rooms for toy-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In contrast, 152,000 kids sustained toy-related injuries in 2005. Dangerous toys were also linked to 12 deaths in 2009, down from 24 toy-related fatalities in 2007 and 2008, the CPSC reports.
The CPSC recalled 44 toys in fiscal year 2010, which ended Sept. 30. More toys have been recalled since then. Click here to find a complete list of recalled toys.
What makes a toy dangerous? Some have small, detachable parts which can pose a choking hazard. That’s why Fisher Price recalled several toys designed for young children. Other toys like rocking horses received safety warnings from the CPSC since the reins on the toy horse pose a threat of strangulation to children.
And even toys that have not been recalled can be dangerous, notes Joan Swartz, co-founder of World Against Toys Causing Harm, or WATCH. Sharp-edged toys or ones with projectiles can be dangerous in the hands of a child. That’s why WATCH cautioned against buying Spy Gear Viper Blaster. Eye injuries can happen with such toys. Watch this video to see WATCH’s 10 Most Dangerous Toys of 2010.
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