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The clock is ticking for last minute shoppers. We are only a couple days away from Christmas Eve. Traffic is snarled. Stores are packed. Lines at the post offices push outside the doors. The holiday season is in full swing, despite the springlike temperatures. For the last minute shoppers out there, please take a look at the following list of the worst toys of the 2015 Christmas season. Maybe one of these toys is already under the tree? If so, perhaps it's not too late to put safety ahead of fun and exchange it for something else.
World Against Toys Causing Harm ("W.A.T.C.H."), a top toy watchdog, discovered dangerous toys in the stores this holiday season and chose 10 as the "worst toys" of 2015. Here are W.A.T.C.H.'s "worst" in no particular order - take note!
1. Skipit's Wheely Cut Pull Along
Beware of this fluffy pull toy's wheels. Some of these toys were recalled in June because the hubcaps can break off, creating a choking hazard for the young children it is marketed to.
2. Foam Dart Gun
In today's day and age of almost weekly mass shootings, does this one need much of an explanation as to why it's dangerous? The orange tip can easily be pull off by children who want to make it look more realistic. However, it then looks too realistic and may cause some to think it is an actual gun. Potential tragedy can be avoided by choosing not to buy this toy gun.
3. Small Trampoline
Trampolines cause numerous injuries annually. Head and neck injuries are common after awkward falls. Young children should avoid this activity. Even young teenagers should always be supervised when jumping on a trampoline.
4. Smack Shot
"You'll shoot your eye out, kid!" Remember that line from A Christmas Story? Well, it rings true for this high-powered slingshot. This toy has the potential to shoot the rubber ammunition "up to 100 feet." Whoever signed off on production of this toy may have forgetten to consult his in house attorneys?
5. Doctor Play Set
Almost every little kid pretends to be a doctor, right? This toy is recommended for children ages 2 and older. However, this toy poses a real danger of ingestion and choking injuries. For example, 2 year old children are encouraged to put the thin plastic tongue decompressor into their mouths. Knowing that 2 year olds do not always have the best motor skills, the danger is obvious.
For a full list of W.A.T.C.H.'s "worst toys" of 2015, please visit their website at http://toysafety.org/portfolio_category/2015-10-worst-toys/. There, you will find prices, manufactuer and retail information.
So, perhaps when you cried as a 6 year old when you received nothing but "CLOTHES" from your aunt and uncle, maybe they were just looking out for your safety and well being? Or maybe they were just against fun? In the end, I hope everyone has a great (and SAFE) holiday season and a happy new year!