Group lists drone, fid­get spin­ners as un­safe toys

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Fid­get spin­ners, a plas­tic Won­der Woman bat­tle sword and a re­mote­con­trolled Spi­der-Man drone are among the toys top­ping a con­sumer safety group’s an­nual list of worst toys for the holidays.

The group, World Against Toys Caus­ing Harm, or Watch, un­veiled the top 10 list Tues­day at a Bos­ton chil­dren’s hospi­tal. The non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion has been re­leas­ing the lists for more than four decades.

Watch claims that the pop­u­lar fid­get

spin­ners con­tain small parts that can be a chok­ing haz­ard. Mat­tel’s Won­der Woman sword has the po­ten­tial to cause blunt-force in­juries, it said, and Marvel’s Spi­der-Man drone has ro­tat­ing blades that can lead to eye and other bod­ily in­juries.

The Toy As­so­ci­a­tion, an in­dus­try trade group, dis­missed the list as “need­lessly fright­en­ing” to par­ents be­cause all toys sold in the U.S. meet rig­or­ous safety stan­dards. It also crit­i­cized the or­ga­ni­za­tion for not test­ing the toys it fo­cuses on.

Na­tional toy safety stan­dards are in­ad­e­quate, as can been seen by the high num­ber of re­calls each year, Watch Pres­i­dent Joan Siff said.

The non­profit group said there have been at least 15 re­calls rep­re­sent­ing nearly 2 mil­lion dan­ger­ous toys since De­cem­ber.

Siff stressed that the toys named each year have com­mon haz­ards that the group sees year af­ter year. She pointed to the Pull Along Pony by Tolo Toys that’s mar­keted for chil­dren over age 1 but has a 19-inch cord.

“We don’t need a test­ing lab to know that’s a stran­gu­la­tion and en­tan­gle­ment haz­ard,” she said.

With peo­ple in­creas­ingly do­ing their hol­i­day shop­ping on­line, it’s more im­por­tant than ever to have the most cur­rent in­for­ma­tion about the safety of a toy on­line, Siff said.

For ex­am­ple, Hall­mark’s Dis­ney-themed Itty Bit­tys, plush stack­ing toys for ba­bies, were re­called over the sum­mer due to fab­ric pieces that posed a chok­ing haz­ard. But the toy still is read­ily avail­able on­line be­cause many web­sites are not mon­i­tored for re­calls, Siff said.

Among the other toys that made this year’s list is Nerf ’s Zom­bie Strike cross­bow, which the or­ga­ni­za­tion says poses the risk of eye and face in­juries be­cause it uses a pres­sur­ized, pull­back lever to shoot soft pro­jec­tiles.

Ra­zor’s Heel Wheels are strapped onto chil­dren’s shoes to turn them into im­pro­vised roller skates, but pose a burn risk be­cause they in­clude “real spark­ing ac­tion.”

Slack­line is a tightrope-like de­vice by Brand 44 that is meant to be an­chored be­tween two trees. Watch says that can lead to se­vere in­jury and death.

The As­so­ci­a­tion, Toy an in­dus­try trade group, dis­missed the list as “need­lessly fright­en­ing.”

Car­los Oso­rio / Associated Press

A con­sumer group says pop­u­lar fid­get spin­ners con­tain small parts that can be a chok­ing haz­ard.

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