W.A.T.C.H. for dangerous summer toys

By Jessica Boyd - email

(KLTV) - The "World Against Toys Causing Harm" is normally only heard from just before Christmas, with their "Top 10 List of Hazardous Toys", but Wednesday, they held a special press conference in Boston to highlight dangerous summer toys. They include the "Toypedo," "Marshmellow Blaster" and the "Aqua Bomb."

W.A.T.C.H. held the press conference in conjunction with a Boston hospital to raise awareness. In a press release the child safety advocacy group said, "creating public awareness as to recreational safety concerns could lead to fewer medical incidences, including paralysis, brain injury, drowning, and other injuries or deaths associated with recreational play."

There is a new law called the Product Safety Act which does limit dangerous materials, like lead, from getting into toys, whether made in the U.S. or abroad.

Still, there is only a voluntary recall system for toys that injure or could kill children. So W.A.T.C.H. wants to remind parents to always read the fine print on their packaging of their child's toy. They have also issued an informational brochure, available to the public, which includes many tips on summer safety.

You can find that brochure on their web site: http://www.toysafety.org

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