Con­sumer group un­veils its list of ‘worst toys’

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

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

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 fid­get spin­ners con­tain small parts that can be a chok­ing haz­ard, Mat­tel’s Won­der Woman sword has the po­ten­tial to cause blunt-force in­juries and Marvel’s Spi­der-Man drone has mul­ti­ple 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.

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