For most people, the holidays mean a fine balance between joyful memories with a sprinkle of stressful shopping trips and relatives who just can't take a hint. But according to a "10 Worst Toys" report released today by World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.), it can also mean potential danger when it comes to some toys. But what do the most dangerous toys of the year tell us about toy-related injuries as a whole?
According to a 2014 study released by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, once every three minutes a child in the United States is treated in the emergency room for a toy-related injury. W.A.T.C.H. suggests that the report aims to reduce such hazards by addressing products available online and in retail stores so parents can have better informed shopping trips.
However, in a statement released today, The Toy Association stated: "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."
Want to know which toys made the list so that you can make your own decision? You'll find all 10 and their potential hazards listed below.