HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - With a little under two weeks until Christmas, parents are probably scrambling to get those last minute Christmas presents for the kids. However, is the toy you’re considering buying safe for your child?
WAFF 48 spoke to Joan Siff, President of W.A.T.C.H. or World’s Against Toys Causing Harm, to find out what toys could pose a potential danger.
Siff said that parents need to look out for toys that have small, detachable parts because kids can easily put them in their mouths and potentially choke. “We also find a lot of toys made for children that have hard ridged parts that could cause blunt injury traumas or eye injuries,” said Siff.
Siff identified a few toys that parents should avoid buying for safety reasons. One is the Zoo Jamz Xylophone by VTech. Siff said the toy instruments drumming stick is something a small child could attempt to put in their mouth and choke on.
Another toy Siff pointed out as potentially dangerous is the Marvel Black Panther Slash Claw. Siff said this danger with this toy deals with the fact that it has hard, ridged parts that could cause some kind of bodily harm to a child.
W.A.T.C.H. does have a list of the top 10 toys they believe to be dangerous for your child. Included in the list are descriptions as to the potential hazards the toys pose.
If you have already purchased a toy for your child, but you now feel it may not be safe for them to play with, Siff suggest that you simply return the item to the store. When you’re shopping, Siff advises parents take their time to look at and examine each toy. She says parents should not purchase a toy solely based on the popularity of it or the brand.