Every three minutes, one child visits the emergency room for a toy-related injury. Behind each injury or fatality is a child and family whose lives are changed forever. With that said, it’s essential to recognize what to avoid when buying toys in the upcoming holiday shopping season.

What is W.A.T.C.H?

World Against Toys Causing Harm, otherwise known as W.A.T.C.H., is a non-profit organization committed to informing the public about dangerous childrens products and protecting children from injury. W.A.T.C.H.’s primary goal is to continue advocating child safety and correcting abuses prevalent in the manufacturing and marketing of children’s products.

Ten Worst Toys of 2020

Although there are many things out of families’ control due to COVID-19, there are steps they can take to have a safer holiday season for all. When it comes to toy safety, W.A.T.C.H. nominated the following toys as the “10 Worst Toys” of 2020. The following list illustrates some potential hazards posed by toys on the market.

  1. Calico Critters Nursery Friends

Hazard: POTENTIAL CHOKING INJURIES

Manufacturer Warnings: Choking Hazard -Small parts. Not for children under three years.

Age Recommendation: 3+

  1. Get Outside, Go!™ Missile Launcher

Hazard: POTENTIAL EYE AND FACE INJURIES

Manufacturer Warnings: Outdoor use only. Do not aim at people or animals. Choking Hazard-small parts.

Age Recommendation: 5+

  1. Marvel Avengers Vibranium Power F.X. Claw

Hazard: POTENTIAL EYE AND FACE INJURIES

Manufacturer Warnings: Do not hit or swing at people or animals.

Age Recommendation: 5+

  1. Gloria Owl from Jellycat

Hazard: POTENTIAL INGESTION AND ASPIRATION INJURIES

Manufacturer Warnings: Not recommended for children under 12 months due to coarse fabric/hair shedding.

Age Recommendation: 12 Months+

  1. WWE Jumbo Superstar Fists

Hazard: POTENTIAL BLUNT FORCE AND IMPACT INJURIES

Manufacturer Warnings: Adult supervision suggested. Gloves are not a protective device.

Age Recommendation: 3+

  1. Scientific Explorer Sci-Fi Slime Science Kit

Hazard: POTENTIAL CHEMICAL-RELATED INJURIES

Manufacturer Warnings: This set contains chemicals that may be harmful if misused. Carefully read contents on individual containers. Do not use without adult supervision.

Age Recommendation: 10+

  1. The Original Boomerang Interactive Stunt U.F.O. 

Hazard: POTENTIAL CUTTING OR PROPELLER-RELATED INJURIES

Manufacturer Warnings: The boomerang U.F.O. can cause damage to the user, spectators, and animals. Keep hands, hair, or loose clothing away from the propeller.

Age Recommendation: 8+

  1. Boom City Racers Starter Pack

Hazard: POTENTIAL EYE AND FACE INJURIES

Manufacturer Warnings: Do not play sounds close to your ear. Do not aim toy towards eyes or face. Please do not launch vehicle(s) at people or animals.

Age Recommendation: 4+

  1. My Sweet Love Lots to Love 5″ Baby Dolls

Hazard: POTENTIAL INGESTION AND CHOKING INJURIES

Manufacturer Warnings: None

Age Recommendation: 2+

  1. Star Wars Mandalorian Electronic Roleplay Darksaber 

Hazard: POTENTIAL FOR EYE AND BLUNT FORCE INJURIES

Manufacturer Warnings: Do not swing, poke, or jab at people or animals. Other cautions/warnings printed on packaging and package inserts.

Age Recommendation: 4+

Carter Mario Will Fight For You

Toys are meant to provide hours of fun, safe enjoyment, and learning opportunities. Unfortunately, potentially dangerous toys intended for children of all ages can cause debilitating injuries or even death. Injuries or fatalities can be prevented by manufacturers being more careful to eliminate or warn consumers of potential hazards.

If your child suffered injuries caused by a hazardous toy, let Carter Mario Law Firm protect your rights. Call (203) 806-9256 today or fill out a FREE Initial Consultation Form. Our attorneys know serious injury claims and stand ready to help your family receive the compensation you deserve.