Watch Group Releases List Of ‘Worst Toys’
BOSTON (CBS) — Instead of ho-ho-ho, these toys will leave you telling your kids no-no-no.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Mark Katic reports
The annual list of dangerous toys is out and some may not even look very dangerous until you read the fine print.
Photos: Worst Toy List
Jim Swartz of World Against Toys Causing Harm released the list Wednesday morning. He says the toy manufacturers need to be held accountable.
The Black Widow Slingshot, recommended to children six months and up, is illegal to sell in 13 states but can still be bought online.
Another toy, Disney’s Princess Backpack Fishing Kit looks harmless but actually contains lead.
‘Warning contains lead, may be harmful if eaten or chewed, may generate dust containing lead,” the fine print reads.
Swartz says the many of the toys included on this year’s list are actually weapons in disguise.
The Toy Industry Association released the following statement in response to the list:
Each year around holiday time there are several things we have come to count on – one being the annual targeting of toys by groups such as W.A.T.C.H. who take advantage of their high visibility during the holidays and the opportunities they offer for media coverage. This year’s W.A.T.C.H. report, once again, needlessly frightens parents.
Like W.A.T.C.H., members of the toy industry want to ensure that the products consumers bring into their homes are safe for their families. Providing safe toys for children is the toy industry’s highest priority … this is why the Toy Industry Association (TIA) works year-round to educate all toy stakeholders – especially manufacturers and retailers – about the strict U.S. toy safety laws and the absolute requirement for compliance. If a toy fails to meet these tough national standards, we want that product out of the stream of commerce immediately.
The complete list of the Top 10 Dangerous Toys can be found on the WATCH website.
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