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Consumer Group Names Its Ten "Most Dangerous" Toys

"Thing" Hands. They come right out of the movie Fantastic 4. And the group WATCH say these are one of the worst choices for kids this year. The recommendation on the packaging is for ages six and up, and the packaging warns "not to strike any person, pet, or inanimate object with Thing hands."

A mother wonders what kids will do with them: "'Don't strike any person, pet or inanimate object?' What's the purpose of it then?"

The packaging shows a boy slamming them together, but the WATCH group says they're so hard, hitting anything else could really hurt.

The Air Kicks Kickaroos Anti-Gravity Boots are indicated for six and up, with the warning to wear safety gear, helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads -- and to remain in control of your motions.

The WATCH group says that's hard to do at age six.

The Camouflage Water Bomb Fun Kit is also on the list, with no age recommendaiton. Packaging warns of choking hazards, but as the WATCH group demonstrates, it works like an old fashioned slingshot.

The Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Energy Beam Blaster. It warns of a face and eye hazard, and a pressurized container. The WATCH group says kids as young as five years old may not read this package. They may not read the warnings, and they may walk right up to their friends and open fire. Also, the packaging warns these canisters can explode if left in a hot car.

Animal Alley Ponies are sold at Toys R Us and have an age recommendation of 0-plus. What the watch group says is that this fur all over the animal can come off with just the slightest tug by a child, and that could cause a serious choking hazard.

Among items the WATCH group says have a choking hazard are Fisher Price's Little Mommy Bath Baby Doll. It has no warnings and is labeled for kids two and up.

Baby Serena, Baby I'm Yours also for two and up, with no warnings listed on the label.

And City Blocks by IQ Preschool. Labeled for 18 months and up, the watch group says kids can choke on or ingest small pieces.

Two shooting toys include the Splatmatic Piston Splat Paintball Shooter. The packaging says it's for three and up and can cause a choking hazard, but the WATCH group says flying paintballs can injure the eyes and face.

Finally on the group's ten "worst" list, the Lord of the Rings, Return of the King Crossbow Set including Electronic Sting Sword. The manufacturer says for five and up, but the WATCH group says it can shoot over thirty feet, and has some real power.

James Swartz of WATCH says: "Foam tip or not, if that goes into a child's eye, there's going to be a serious injury."

The WATCH group says these aren't the only potentially dangerous toys on the market, and parents should think before they give this season.

Morgan Palmer, reporting. morganpalmer@kltv.com

 

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