World Against Toys Causing Harm is a nonprofit group that warns about hazardous children’s products and toys. The group, which goes by WATCH, recently released a 10 Worst Toys list to remind parents and consumers of the hazards of some toys.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in the 22-month period between January 2017 and October 2018, an estimated 3.5 million units of toys were recalled in the United States and Canada. Recalls were issued for toy defects that were a hazard for choking, mechanical problems and fire.
Take a look at the toys that made this year's list.
Zoo Jamz Xylophone
Recommended for children ages 1-4 years old.
WATCH says: “The manufacturer provides no warnings regarding the slender, rigid, approximately 9-inch-long drumstick handle, which can potentially be mouthed and occlude a child’s airway,” a choking hazard.
Nickelodeon Nella Princess Knight Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lites
The Nella Princess Knight is recommended as an all-ages toy.
WATCH says: “Nella is adorned with small, felt-like flower and heart-tag accessories which, if removed, present potential ingestion hazards. Additionally, the manufacturer identifies a ‘battery acid leakage’ hazard.”
Marvel Black Panther Slash Claw
The item is recommended for children ages 5 and older.
WATCH says: “These rigid, plastic claws, based on a popular comic book and movie
character, are sold to 5-year-olds to “slash” like the Black Panther, while simultaneously
advising not to hit or swing at people."
Recommended for children ages 2 and older.
WATCH says: “The magnetic apple, pear and orange are sold with a ‘slicing knife’ made of hard plastic. The knife can potentially cause puncture wounds and other blunt trauma injuries.”
Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket
The age recommendation is for kids 6 and older.
WATCH says: “Many warnings appear on the package and package inset, in an effort to “prevent serious eye or face injuries.”
Cabbage Patch Kids Dance Time Doll
Recommended for ages 2 and older.
WATCH says: “Incredibly, even though the dolls are marketed for oral-age children, they are sold with a ‘removable’ headband, which can be ingested.”
Chien a Promener Pull Along Dog
Comes with an age recommendation of 12-36 months.
WATCH says: “Despite the industry’s standard requiring strings on playpen and crib toys to be less than 12 inches in length, manufacturers are still permitted to market ‘pull toys’ such as ‘Pull Along Dog’ with a cord measuring approximately 19 inches,” and that “No warnings are provided.”
Nerf Vortex VTX Praxis Blaster
The VTX Praxis Blaster has an age recommendation of 8 and older.
WATCH says: “The launch-force of the discs presents the potential for eye and facial injuries.”
Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel Superstar Blade
The toy has a posted age recommendation of 4 and older.
WATCH says: “Young children are encouraged to 'power up' with this 'Super Ninja Steel' spring-loaded plastic blade, with the potential to cause facial and other impact injuries.”
Nici Wonderland Doll: Miniclara The Ballerina
The doll comes with an age recommendation of 2 and older.
WATCH says: The doll “marketed for oral-age children as young as 2 years old, is sold with her friend ‘little kitten’ as an accessory. The soft, plush kitten, however, can detach, posing the potential for choking if ingested.”