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Top-Ten “Worst Toys” List Released by Child Safety Group

With the holiday shopping season underway, safety watchdog group World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) has compiled its list of 10 toys consumers should consider avoiding due to various hazards they say are associated with the product, which they say could harm children. “Although parents have a right to expect that toys they give to their children are safe, unsafe toys remain an ongoing problem. Due to poor design, manufacturing and marketing practices, there are toys available for purchase today with the potential to lead to serious injury and even death,” the non-profit organization says on its website. W.A.T.C.H. has ... Read More

Window blinds: what you don’t know can hurt young children, CPSC says

Window blinds are a common household necessity that many of us don’t even consider when assessing safety in our homes. However, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has made its goal to change people’s mindsets on window blinds by reminding consumers the hidden dangers surrounding exposed cords. According to ABC 6, mother Nicci Walla was videotaping her children in 2002 when she realized her 4-year-old son had become entrapped in the cords of a window blind and was in distress. By the time she reached him, he had lost consciousness. She dialed 911 and while attempting to get an ... Read More

Pediatricians warn kids not to try the Cinnamon Challenge

It sounds innocent enough – swallowing a tablespoon of cinnamon within 60 seconds without the help of a drink. Yet most of the people who take the Cinnamon Challenge, as it’s been called, end up gagging or coughing up the spice creating a puff of brown breath called “dragon breath.” Thousands of amateur YouTube videos have been made of kids taking the Cinnamon Challenge. But the stunt isn’t all fun and games. While most people suffer burning in the throat, mouth and nose, or a bad cough, some challengers have inhaled the spice into their lungs requiring immediate medical attention, ... Read More

Parents warned about dangerous toys this holiday season

With the 2010 holiday gift buying season in full swing, consumer groups are reminding parents to select gifts for their young children carefully as hazardous and potentially deadly toys continue to show up on the store shelves, posing risks of choking and strangulation, and toxic chemical and metal poisoning. According to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), more than 83,000 industrial chemicals are used regularly in manufacturing consumer goods, most of which little is known. Nearly half of these chemicals have never even been studied for their effects on human health. “As their minds and bodies grow and develop, children ... Read More

Consumer watchdog announces 10 Worst Toys List

Just in time for the holiday season, W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm), a Massachusetts-based consumer watchdog organization, announced its annual “10 Worst Toys” list at a conference in Boston’s Franciscan Hospital for Children. According to the organization’s website, “Founder Edward M. Swartz and W.A.T.C.H. have fearlessly exposed potentially dangerous toys to the general public. As a result, children’s lives have been saved.” The Worst Toys list, which the organization has published for 36 years, combs the market for toys that have the potential to cause childhood injuries and death. W.A.T.C.H. claims that the list has prompted toy manufacturers to discontinue, ... Read More