7 Dangerous Toys to Stay Away From This Holiday Season
As you do your holiday shopping, keep in mind that not all toys are safe for kids.
One study estimates that every three minutes a child goes to the ER due to a toy-related injury. Scooters are one of the big sources of injuries, accounting for more than 100,000 each year.
The World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H) puts out a list each year identifying some of the toys that have the potential to injure a child.
Joan Siff, the group's president, has been on Fox and Friends the past two days telling us about several of those toys and what parents should look out for.
Siff cautioned that parents need to put aside their child's enthusiasm about a toy, and read the label to make sure it's safe.
Here's 7 of the culprits she used as examples:
The child on the box containing this low-riding toy is not wearing the recommended safety gear, like a helmet. Siff said drivers have difficulty seeing children on these types of toys.
The string on this "pull toy" is 20 inches long and is a clear choking hazard. Since it's not marketed as a "crib" toy, it doesn't have to be less than a foot long.
Siff notes that there's a warning in small print on the bottom of the box and it is marketed for 18-month-olds.
The SWAT electric machine gun looks like a real gun and police officers have mistook toys like this for real guns, with tragic consequences.
This is a hard plastic club that is marketed for "battle." Need we say more?
Siff said she can't imagine giving this to a child as young as three.
This furry hedgehog looks harmless enough, but the hair can be pulled out pretty easily and could choke a small child.
"Everything with the babies goes in the mouth."
This package of wooden instruments contains a 4.5-inch drum stick that you wouldn't think is a choking hazard.
But Siff said rattles with the same shape have been recalled and this is sold to the same age group.
The next one is a slingshot pencil.
Same as they told Ralphie 30 years ago, you'll shoot your eye out.
Check out the W.A.T.C.H website for much more information on potentially dangerous toys.
Watch her discussion with Elisabeth Hasselbeck below: