November 19, 2009 – The World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc., released its annual “10 Worst Toys” list to aid parents when shopping this holiday season.
Included on this year’s list were popular characters such as Wall-E, Curious George, X-Men and Batman.
W.A.T.C.H.’s list consists of toys with the potential to cause injury, or even death. The organization in particular warns against chemical and lead in toys, and also of less publicized issues, such as choking from small parts, impact injuries and risk of strangulation.
Since last year’s “10 Worst Toys” conference, W.A.T.C.H. said there has been 31 toy recalls representing more than 4,640,000 units of dangerous toys.
The 2009 list was presented by Boston consumer advocates and trial attorneys Edward M. Swartz, James A. Swartz and Joan E. Siff on behalf of W.A.T.C.H.
2009 10 Worst Toys List
Disney-Pixar Wall-E Foam Rocket Launcher: According to W.A.T.C.H., this toy has the potential for “eye and other impact injuries.”
Moon Board Pogo Board: This toy, which was manufactured by Big Time Toys, LLC, has the potential for head and impact injuries, according to W.A.T.C.H.
Curious Baby Curious George Counting – My First Book Of Numbers: W.A.T.C.H. warns that this book, from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, presents a risk of choking injuries.
The Dark Knight Batman Figure: This figurine from Mattel features hard, pointy ears, which W.A.T.C.H. warns could cause blunt impact and penetration injuries.
X-Men Origins Slashin’ Action Wolverine: W.A.T.C.H. warns that this action figure from Hasbro features plastic claws that could cause eye and other impact injuries.
Lots To Love Babies Mini Nursery: According to W.A.T.C.H. this toy from JC Toys Group, Inc., has small parts that present a choking risk.
Just Kidz Junior Musical Instruments: This toy from Kmart Corporation presents a choking risk, according to W.A.T.C.H.
CAT Rugged Mini: W.A.T.C.H. said this toy vehicle from Toy State International Limited presents the potential for puncture wounds.
Pucci Pups Maltese: This plush pet from Battat Incorporated has a leash that causes a strangulation risk and long fur that presents an aspiration hazard, according to W.A.T.C.H.
Spy Gear Viper-Blaster: W.A.T.C.H. said that this toy from Wild Planet Entertainment, Inc., presents a risk for eye injuries.