BOSTON (NEWS10) – The World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) revealed its nominees for the “10 Worst Toys of 2017” on Tuesday.
W.A.T.C.H. says it selected toys for the list that had inconsistent and inadequate warnings, cautions and age recommendations as well as other classic safety hazards that continue to reappear year after year.
Here are the following toys parents are caregivers should be cautious about, particularly for the upcoming 2017 holiday season.
The consumer safety group says the toys listed above should not be considered as the only potentially hazardous toys on the market.
Since 1973, W.A.T.C.H. has been releasing its annual “10 Worst Toys” list to identify toys with the potential to cause childhood injuries and death.
The Toy Association released this statement:
“By law, all toys sold in the United States must meet 100+ rigorous safety tests and standards and be certified compliant by a federally approved testing lab before being offered for sale. On the other hand, W.A.T.C.H. does not test the toys in its report to check their safety; their allegations appear to be based on their misrepresentation or misunderstanding of the mandatory toy standards. And in some cases, they call certain items “toys” when they are not.
Unable to find product defects on the market as a result of these strict U.S. toy standards and test requirements, W.A.T.C.H. tends to focus on products with safety instructions and warnings, as if responsibly providing safety information to consumers is somehow an indication that a product cannot be safe for use or for sale, when the opposite is true.
Each year, we find these lists by W.A.T.C.H. to be needlessly frightening to parents; each year these allegations do not stand up to scrutiny when reviewed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Safety issues are not uncovered by the group’s “gotcha” reporting. But W.A.T.C.H. keeps at it for the media attention it brings to their organization at this time of year.
Toymakers and The Toy Association are committed to toy safety year-round. These efforts include providing useful tips for families and caregivers to help them choose age-appropriate toys and ensure safe play. For reliable information on toy safety, families can visit www.PlaySafe.org, The Toy Association’s free, year-round resource for parents and caregivers.”