The Radio Flyer Ziggle, Swat Electric Machine Gun and Bottle Rocket Party are among toys a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization is telling parents not to buy this holiday season for kids due to danger concerns.
The World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.) unveiled its 42nd annual list of nominees for the 10 Worst Toys of 2014 for this holiday season.
“The toys are representative of the hazards that people should be aware of when doing their holiday shopping and year-round shopping,” said Joan Siff, president of W.A.T.C.H.
Toys like these in the past have led to injuries. Some of the categories are long strings, small parts, projectiles that have the potential for eye injury, toys made of hard material that can lead to impact injury and toys that have long, slender objects that can lead to choking hazards, Siff said. “We really want to help parents know that there is a safety issue with toys and provide them with information to make informed decisions for their family.”
Firetek toy is one of the 10 worst toys to buy, according
An example of one of the worst toys of the year is the Air Storm Firetek Bow, priced $15 to $24.97 and sold at Walmart and Amazon.com. It is designed for kids 8-years-old and up.
Among the warnings on the packaging: Do not aim at eyes or face. Do not aim or shoot at people or animals. Arrows should not be pulled back at more than half strength. Not for play in complete darkness.
“The numerous recalls in the past year, as well as the recurrence of many known hazards in toys, are clearly suggestive of a broken system that needs fixing before more children are harmed,” the non-profit said in a statement.
The Air Storm FireTek Bow comes with warnings including ‘do not aim at eyes or face’ and ‘not for play in complete darkness.’ It is designed for kids 8 years old and up. (Photo: Courtesy of W.A.T.C.H.)
1. Air Storm Firetek Bow
2. Radio Flyer Ziggle (sold at Target, Toys R Us and Amazon.com)
3. Catapencil (sold at Amazon.com, Ebay.com and Learning Express)
4. Alphabet Zoo Rock & Stack Pull Toy (sold at Amazon.com, Toys R Us and Magic Beans)
5. Swat Electric Machine Gun (sold at Kmart)
6. Wooden Instruments (sold at Walmart)
7. Bottle Rocket Party (sold at Walmart.com, Amazon.com and Village Toy Shop)
8. Lil’ Cutesies-Best Friends (sold at Kmart, Toys R Us and Amazon.com)
9. True Legends Orcs Battle Hammer (sold at Toys R Us)
10. Colored Hedgehog (sold at Toys R Us)