Today on Engineering Newswire, the World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., released its 42nd annual 10 Worst Toys report … So we bought them …
It was near impossible to secure a Catapencil or Bottle Rocket Party, so if you have a beat on either, email me or comment below, but we did manage to find a little room in the budget to see why five of these poor designs received the annual kiss of death right before the holiday shopping season.
According to the report, these toys are potentially hazards.
Air Storm Firetek Bow
The Firetek Bow from Hong Kong-based Zing Toys has very clear warnings on the box. Don’t aim at the face, don’t shoot people or animals, and don’t play with it in the dark.
The rush on kid-friendly bows comes from the insane popularity of Hunger Games, and every boy, girl, woman, and man desiring to embrace his/her inner Katniss Everdeen
Some of the toys on watch’s worst toys list make more sense at first glance than others.
For example, this bright colored, smiling hedgehog looks innocent enough but apparently poses a potential for ingestion or aspiration injuries because its long hair is inadequately rooted and easily removed
Radio Flyer’s Ziggle
According to W.A.T.C.H., the low profile of Radio Flyer’s ‘Ziggle’ makes the 4-wheeled cycle potentially hazardous for outdoor use. To move, all you have to do is twist the front and wiggle the back, and according to the company, advanced riders can gain speed and drift into 360° spins.
The caster wheels, adjustable seat, padded hand grips, and grip tape for your feet are some of the luxuries of the cycle.
Alphabet Zoo Rock & Stack Pull Toy
This next toy on the list seems equally unthreatening as the smiling hedgehog. But with a cord that is longer than 12 inches, watch thinks it poses a strangulation and entanglement risk.
The toy, manufactured by Skip Hop, got rave reviews on Amazon, with its three ways to play: rock, stack and roll; and while it does come with warning that it is not suitable for children under the age of 18 months due to strangulation hazard
True Legends Orcs Battle Hammer
The battle hammer is manufactured in China and distributed exclusively through Toy ‘R Us for about $15. It conforms to ASTM F963, the standard consumer safety specification for toy safety, but W.A.T.C.H. says the design has the potential for blunt impact injuries.
The design is hollow, lightweight, and it feels like it’s bound to crack as soon as it makes a significant impact with a hard surface, but really the only danger with this product came from cutting it out of the package.
Do you have story ideas, or access to the other five toys on the list? Comment below and we’ll cover them in the next episode.
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