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Speakers:  Joan E. Siff, President; James A. Swartz, Director
Date/ Time:  Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 10:00 a.m. ET
Location: Franciscan Children’s, Chamberlain Conference Room, 30 Warren Street, Brighton, Mass.

W.A.T.C.H. Reveals Nominees for “10 Worst Toys” for 2021 Holiday Season

48th Annual Report Cautions Parents:
Beware of the Danger of Purchasing Potentially Harmful Toys

(Boston, Mass.—November 17, 2021) World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) today revealed its nominees for the “10 Worst Toys of 2021.” Toy safety remains a critical concern during the holiday season with an expected toy shortage due to COVID-19 related supply chain issues. At the 49th annual press conference, W.A.T.C.H. demonstrated why the “Radio Flyer Spin ‘N Saucer,” “Snake Eyes G.I. Joe Origins Ninja Strike Sickles,” “Walmart ‘My Life As’ Shopping Basket,” and other potentially hazardous toys should not be in the hands of children. Although intended for fun and entertainment, many toys contain hidden hazards unnecessarily putting children at risk of harm.  W.A.T.C.H. offered practical tips for identifying hazards, so parents and caregivers know what traps to avoid when inspecting toys already in their homes and when buying toys—especially during the upcoming 2021 holiday shopping season.

Consumer advocates Joan E. Siff, President of W.A.T.C.H., and James A. Swartz, Director of W.A.T.C.H., illustrated some of the potential safety hazards recently identified on toy store shelves and online. Among other safety concerns, these traps include toy weaponry with the potential for blunt force impact injuries, plush toys that could lead to infant suffocation, and small parts, such as button batteries, with the potential for choking or chemical burn injuries, a particular worry for young children. In a year when children may be gravitating towards outdoor activities after home-centered social distancing and remote learning mandates, W.A.T.C.H. highlighted toys with wheels, such as “My First Hoverboard” and “Rollers Light-Up Heel Skates,” that could lead to potential head and other impact injuries. Toys like these could be sold without the proper safety gear, marketed with inconsistent safety messages, or provide unrealistic warnings or instructions. Swartz and Siff also provided up-to-date information about toy recalls