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Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

List of Dangerous Toys Includes Dinosaur Claws, Trampoline

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    Dinosaur claws inspired by the movie "Jurassic World" and a quick-folding trampoline are among the items on a consumer watchdog group's annual list of hazardous toys released Wednesday.

    The velociraptor claws can cause eye and facial injuries, and the trampoline can lead to injuries, particularly in children, the Massachusetts-based World Against Toys Causing Harm said. The advocacy group each year releases a Top 10 list of the most hazardous toys for Christmas.

    WATCH says the toys singled out this year represent common problems and aren't the only potentially dangerous products on the market.

    A Play-Doh-like substance that looks like poop also made this year's cut. WATCH says the "Poo-Dough" contains wheat and could cause allergy-related injuries such as hives, headaches and difficulty breathing.

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    Many of the toys on this year's list can be found at major retailers such as Toys R Us, Wal-Mart and Kmart. They also can be bought from online sites such as Amazon.com and eBay.

    WATCH urged parents to be cautious when buying toys online, where nearly 50 percent of purchases are expected to be made this season.

    Here's WATCH's list of the 10 most dangerous toys for 2015:

    • "Bud" Skipit's Wheely Cute Pull Along. Potential for choking injuries; made by Bunnies By The Bay; $29.99
    • Foam dart gun. Realistic toy weapon; made by GD.Jiefeng Toys; $13.99.
    • Stats' 38" quick-folding trampoline. Potential for head, neck and other injuries; by Toys R Us, Inc.; $49.99.
    • Poo-Dough. Potential for allergy-related injuries (warning label says it contains wheat); by Skyrocket Toys; $4.99.
    • Splat X Smack Shot. Potential for eye injuries; by Imperial Toy; $10.
    • Kick Flipper. Potential for head and other bodily injuries; by Playsmart; $19.99.
    • Leonardo's Electronic Stealth Sword. Potential for blunt force injuries; by Playmates International Company; $24.99.
    • Kid Connection doctor play set. Potential for ingestion and choking injuries; by Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; $4.97.
    • Pull Along Zebra: Potential for strangulation and entanglement injuries; by Early Learning Centre; $20.99.
    • Jurassic World Velociraptor Claws. Potential for eye and facial injuries; by Hasbro; $19.99.

    The Toy Industry Association released the following statement in response to WATCH's list of dangerous toys:

    "The holiday season is always a magical time for families as they delight in new gifts and strengthen bonds through play. Unfortunately, certain groups, like W.A.T.C.H, leverage this time of year to advance their own agendas and garner headlines with their lists of alleged 'unsafe toys.' When examined and reviewed, year after year these lists have repeatedly shown to be full of false claims and needlessly frighten parents and caregivers. What families can count on is that toys sold on U.S. toy shelves are safe. Safety is the toy industry’s top priority every day of the year. By law, all toys sold in the United States, no matter where in the world they are made, must first meet 100+ rigorous safety tests and standards and be certified as compliant by an independent, federally approved testing lab. These U.S. safety requirements are among the strictest in the world and are in place to ensure the safety of children as they revel in the joy and benefits of play. For more information on toy safety and ways to ensure safe play, families can visit www.playsafe.org."

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