The Most Dangerous Toys of 2012

Uh oh: Is that toy your child desperately wants this holiday season something that could actually hurt him or her?
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“Parents and toy givers need to remember that while the CPSC is doing a good job, no government agency tests all toys before they hit store shelves. Consumers should also remember that toys that are not on our list of examples could also pose hazards,” Hossain said. “The message of today is clear. Parents have to stay vigilant. We cannot and must not accept any weakening of our consumer and public health safeguards because they protect young children, America’s littlest consumers.”

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Also on Tuesday, Boston-based consumer watchdog World Against Toys Causing Harm released their annual “10 Worst Toys” list.  (You can find last year’s list here.) Their roundup focuses on toys that are aimed at older kids and widely available in big box stores and online:

Magnetic Fishing Game, $1.77, by Kole Imports (choking hazard)

Inflatable Bongo Ball, $49.99, by Toys R Us (impact injuries)

Dart Zone Quick Fire 12 dart gun, $19.32, by Prime Time Toys Ltd. (eye injuries)

Spinner Shark 4-Wheel Kneeboard, $59.97, by FuzionNextsport (impact injuries)

Explore & Learn Helicopter, $15.99, by V Tech (strangulation hazard)

N-Force Vendetta Double Sword, $19.99, by Hasbro (impact injuries)

Water Balloon Launcher, $21.99, by Water Sports LLC (choking hazard, facial injuries)

Power Rangers Super Samurai Shogun Helmet, $29.99, by Bandai (puncture wound, impact injuries)

Playful Xylophone, $29.99, by P’Kolino (choking hazard)

The Avengers Gamma Green Smash Fists, $16.99, by Hasbro (impact injuries)

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