Before you start your annual holiday toy shopping, be sure that you are aware of hazards to look for that are still appearing on toy shelves. Even with new regulations and testing requirements in place, potentially harmful toys can still be found. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported recently that there were 17 toy-related deaths in children younger than 15 years old in 2010, whereas 15 such fatalities occurred in 2009.
Last Wednesday, the “Samurai Mega Blade” and nine other potentially dangerous toys were presented for WATCH’s annual “10 Worst Toys” list, which is representative of types of hazards found in the marketplace. Our very own James Swartz, a Director of the non-profit group World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (WATCH), demonstrated some of the dangers lurking on toy store shelves, as well as in schools and homes.