As a parent, you already worry about the safety of your child – you shouldn’t have to worry about added risks from defective and dangerous toys. Unfortunately, defective products are a part of life as consumers in America. Here are 10 toys to avoid:
- Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddles Family
Manufacturer: Jazwares, LLC
Retailers: Target, Amazon.com
The warning label on this toy includes a choking hazard due to small parts. However, this choking label mysteriously disappears on some of this product’s packaging. Other packages of the same toys say they are safe for children as young as two, with no choking warning.
- Kids Time Baby Children’s Elephant Pillow
Manufacturer: Kids Time US; Appease Toys
Although marketed by Amazon for children three-years-old and younger, it bears no warnings for the possibility of suffocation – a well-known hazard for infants. The product itself has no warnings or age recommendations on its packaging, but it does show an infant snuggling with the pillow unsupervised.
- Slimeball Slinger
Manufacturer: Diggin Active, Inc.
Retailers: Toys ‘R’ Us, Amazon.com
This slingshot-type device comes with balls of green slime to fling. The product has a warning label to “Never shoot at any person or animal,” but does not mention the toy’s serious risk for eye injuries. The slimeball launcher can fling the projectiles with such force that it poses a safety threat.
- Banzai Bump N’ Bounce Body Bumpers
Retailers: Wal-Mart, Amazon.com, Ebay.com, Sears.com
The two children shown playing in the body bumpers on the package are not wearing any helmets or protective pads, despite the product’s warning label to wear protective equipment for “head, elbows, knees, hands, etc.” to avoid risk of serious injury or death. This product does not come with protective gear and is advertised for children 4 to 12.
- Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700 Blaster
Retailers: Walmart.com, Target.com, Amazon.com, Kmart.com
This “blaster” shoots Nerf balls with enough force to potentially cause eye injuries, yet it comes with no protective gear or warnings. Photos on the packaging show children in face masks, but the face mask is not included.
- The Good Dinosaur Galloping Butch
Retailers: Amazon.com, Walmart.com, ToysRUs.com
With an age recommendation of three-plus, this “Galloping Butch” toy does not mention its potential to cause puncture wounds with the dinosaur’s sharp, pointy tail. Children must push a button on the toy’s rigid tail to make Butch gallop and make sounds. It does list warnings for small parts as a choking hazard.
- Peppy Pups
Manufacturer: TPF Toys, Ltd.
Retailers: Toys ‘R’ Us
Recommended for children two and older, the “Peppy Pup” toy comes with a pull cord to cause the pup to make noises. The pull cord measures approximately 31 inches long – much longer than the industry’s standard that requires crib toy and playpen strings to be less than 12 inches in length. This toy poses a serious threat of child strangulation.
- Flying Heroes Superman Launcher
Manufacturer: I-Star Entertainment, LLC; The Bridge Direct, Inc.
Retailers: Toys ‘R’ Us, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Sears.com, Ebay.com, BigW.com
The warnings on the package for this Superman launcher state to “Never aim at eyes or face,” but it does not properly warn of the potential for significant eye and facial injuries. Although instructions state to use the toy at arm’s length, pointed up and away from the face, the hard plastic figurine may still cause injury.
- Baby Magic Feed and Play Baby
Manufacturer: New Adventures, LLC, Ltd.
Retailers: Toys ‘R’ Us, Amazon.com, Sears.com
This toy comes with a 2.75-inch-long plastic spoon that has the potential for swallowing, ingesting, and choking injuries. Marketed for children two and older with no warnings.
- Warcraft Doomhammer
Manufacturer: Jakks Pacific, Inc.
Retailers: Toys ‘R’ Us, Amazon.com
Although this heavy and rigid plastic hammer toy has a choking hazard warning, it fails to mention its potential for blunt force injuries. The toy encourages children six and older to “feel the power of the horde” with the hammer but offers no warnings for impact injuries.