10 ‘worst toys’ named by toy safety group

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'10 worst toys' list released by safety group

BOSTON (WCVB/Hearst/CNN) - The World Against Toys Causing Harm or W.A.T.C.H. reveled what they consider to be the 10 worst toys of 2018.

From stuffed unicorns to purple tou-tou-wearing Cabbage Patch Dolls or Nerf ring launchers, gifts that you think may be great under the tree this year may actually pose a potential risk for children, the group said.

“There are accessories that can be removed and, once removed, present the potential for choking hazards,” said James Swartz, the organization’s director.

The list includes the following:

  • Nickelodeon Nella Princess Knight Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lites
  • Nerf Vortex VTX Praxis Blaster
  • Marvel Black Panther Slash Claw
  • Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel Superstar Blade
  • Cabbage Patch Kids Dance Time Doll
  • Zoo Jamz Xylophone
  • Nici Wonderland Doll: Miniclara The Ballerina
  • Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket
  • Cutting Fruit
  • Chien Á Promener Pull Along Dog
A Stomp Rocket "Ultra Rocket" toy, which is on the World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., list of worst toys for the holiday season, rests on a table before a news conference, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at a hospital, in Boston. The Massachusetts-based consumer safety group says the toy comes with packaging with warnings about serious eye or face injuries. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
A Stomp Rocket "Ultra Rocket" toy, which is on the World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., list of worst toys for the holiday season, rests on a table before a news conference, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at a hospital, in Boston. The Massachusetts-based consumer safety group says the toy comes with packaging with warnings about serious eye or face injuries. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) (AP)

According to the consumer agency, one child is treated in U.S. emergency rooms every three minutes for toy-related injuries

The organization said they want parents to be aware of what they may be buying their kids this holiday season. from poor designs, inadequate warnings and improper age recommendations.

James Swartz, director of the Massachusetts-based consumer safety group World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., displays a Black Panther "slash claw" as he introduces toys topping the group's annual list of worst toys for the holiday season, during a news conference, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at a hospital, in Boston. The group says the Black Panther "slash claw" has the potential for eye and facial injuries. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
James Swartz, director of the Massachusetts-based consumer safety group World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., displays a Black Panther "slash claw" as he introduces toys topping the group's annual list of worst toys for the holiday season, during a news conference, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at a hospital, in Boston. The group says the Black Panther "slash claw" has the potential for eye and facial injuries. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) (AP)

“Children should never be used as testing grounds for unsafe toys,” said Joan Siff, the group’s president.

However, not everyone is on board with their findings.

Jennifer Gibbons of the Toy Association, which represents several hundred different toy makers across the U.S., said many of W.A.T.C.H.’s claims are unfounded.

A battery-lighted unicorn plush toy of the Nickelodeon character Nella that is part of a product line called “Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lite,” which is on the World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., list of worst toys for the holiday season, rests on a table before a news conference, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at a hospital, in Boston. The Massachusetts-based consumer safety group says the toy has small felt-like accessories attached to it that if removed pose potential ingestion hazards. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
A battery-lighted unicorn plush toy of the Nickelodeon character Nella that is part of a product line called “Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lite,” which is on the World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., list of worst toys for the holiday season, rests on a table before a news conference, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at a hospital, in Boston. The Massachusetts-based consumer safety group says the toy has small felt-like accessories attached to it that if removed pose potential ingestion hazards. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) (AP)

"Watch has never tested any of the toys that they will include in their reports, so most of this information is based on misunderstanding or misrepresentation,” Gibbon said.

"It doesn't take a testing lab frankly to pull out a toy that's sold for a baby, an infant that has small part," Swartz countered.

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