Parents have been warned about toys that could present potential hazards to children throughout the summer.
The non-profit organisation World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.), which lists toy hazards and recalls around the world, revealed the top 10 “worst” toys that could cause “serious injury” in their annual report.
At a conference at Franciscan Children’s Centre in Boston, W.A.T.C.H. said the combination of warm weather and school holidays offers a welcome opportunity for children to enjoy the outdoors, but can also be a peak time for injuries.
Toy guns topped the list, as the supplied “ammunition” can cause eye injuries.
Hoverboards and baby pools were also high on the list.
“The significant hazards associated with hoverboards this year is a wakeup call that products should be tested before they reach consumers and not tested on consumers,” said Joan E. Siff, president of W.A.T.C.H.
She advised parents to “remember to regularly examine the toys in their child’s toy box”.
She said toy recalls are a further “reminder that not all toys are safe and, particularly when children’s safety is at stake, we need to remain vigilant”.
For more information and evidence of such injuries, read W.A.T.C.H’s full release.