A Nerf gun and a Power Rangers electronic "Cheetah Claw" are among the toys considered most unsafe for children during the 2019 holiday season, according to a watchdog group's annual findings.
World Against Toys Causing Harm, or WATCH , identified the ten most dangerous toys during a press conference at a Boston-area children's hospital, which included toys sold in both traditional brick-and-mortar stores and online stores such as Amazon.
The dart gun Nerf Ultra One was cited for its ability to to fire projectiles that could cause eye damage, while the Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog was named after including removable "rockets" which posed a potential choking hazard. Another product, Nickelodeon Slime, has "flavors" that can entice children to ingest them despite potentially harmful chemicals.
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"Shocking, classic hazards to toys, such as small parts, strings, projectiles, toxic substances, rigid materials, and inaccurate warnings and labels, continue to be produced by the toy industry in newly developed packaging," said the group in a press release.
The products on this year's list varied in price from $ 9.99 to $ 49.99. Many of the products considered unsafe are unable to include adequate warning labels, the group said.
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WATCH has released an annual list of unsafe holiday toys for more than 40 years. In its release, the company cited statistics from the Consumer Product Safety Commission that estimated a total of 251,700 toy-related injuries in 2017.
The Toy Association, a toy industry trade group, dismissed the list as inaccurately given federal mandate safety standards that govern which products can be sold to the public .
"By law, all toys sold in the United States must meet 100+ rigorous safety tests and standards," the Toy Association said in a statement. On the other hand, WATCH does not test the toys in the report to check their safety; their charges appear to be based on their misrepresentation or misunderstanding of the mandatory toy standards. ”
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.