BLACK-PANTHER-WAKANDA-BATTLE-CLAWSEvery year I write about children’s toys to avoid, according to W.A.T.C.H., World Against Toys Causing Harm, a group that helps raise awareness about the dangers in toys, children’s products, and recreational activities.

W.A.T.C.H.’s list of nominees for the “10 Worst Toys” of 2022 includes:

  1. Cocomelon Musical Learning Watch: Potential for battery ingestion injuries.
  2. Disney Raya’s Action & Adventure Sword: Potential for blunt force and eye injuries.
  3. Li’l Woodzeez Tickle-Your-Taste-Buds Bakery: Potential for choking injuries.
  4. Zeus Lion: Potential for ingestion/aspiration injuries.
  5. Dingray Musical Bath Toy: Potential for ingestion and choking injuries.
  6. Ooze Labs Chemistry Station: Potential for chemical-related injuries.
  7. Bunny Rabbit Cuddly Pillow: Potential for suffocation.
  8. Pop’n Fidget Spinners: Potential for choking injuries.
  9. Nerf Pro Gelfire Mythic Blasters: Potential for eye and facial injuries.
  10. Black Panther Wakanda Battle Claws: Potential for eye and facial injuries.

This year as in the past, parents, grandparents, and caregivers shouldn’t ignore toy dangers as there have been child deaths, disfigurements, and disabilities as a result of poorly designed and tested toys. One child is treated in a U.S. emergency room every three minutes for a toy-related injury. 

It’s the 50th anniversary of the W.A.T.C.H. worst toy list, but toy dangers – such as small parts, strings, projectiles, toxic substances, rigid materials, and inaccurate warnings and labels – continue to reappear in new toys putting children at risk.

That’s because, according to W.A.T.C.H.:

  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission or CPSC often can’t inform consumers in a timely manner about even life-threatening hazards due to a regulation requiring cooperation from manufacturers.
  • Enforcement agencies, such as the CPSC, may have limited resources to police such a large industry, existing standards can be inadequate, and regulators often scramble to keep up with emerging technologies.
  • Toy safety is an afterthought for manufacturers not a priority.

So be on your toes this holiday season. Inspect toys for the classic toy dangers. Inspect old toys for these defects, too. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security that a toy is safe because of a familiar brand name on a package or due to its availability at a well-known retailer or online company.

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Rita Robison Consumer & Personal Finance Journalist

For more than two decades, Rita R. Robison has been a consumer and personal finance journalist making her living by finding the best bargains, calling out the crooks, and advocating for regular people just like you and me. In that time, Robison has talked to so many people who feel like their money just isn’t getting them what they want, where they want to be, or the life they thought it would.

The purpose of her blog is to help you get what you want from your money. Robison covers financial goals, budgets, debt reduction, saving, smart choices for buying goods and services, and retirement planning. You’ll also find articles on safety, such as avoiding scams, looking out for rip off companies, and getting informed on the latest recalls.

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