As last-minute holiday shopping ramps up, the Boston-based nonprofit World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) has released its annual list of the 10 worst toys of 2017, informing shoppers of this year’s most potentially hazardous toys.
W.A.T.C.H. says consumers are expected to spend 51% of their holiday budget online. This year’s report highlighted retail store purchases and also took close look at the impact of online purchasing when it comes to toy safety.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2015 there were over 254,200 toy-related injuries, and between 2010 and 2015, 72 children died in toy-related incidents.
W.A.T.C.H. says consumers buying toys on the Internet are already at a disadvantage, as they are unable to touch and physically inspect a toy and its packaging at the time of sale for more obvious hazards. In some cases, limited product information on e-commerce sites can lead to misinformed, and potentially dangerous, consumer toy purchases.
The organization's annual list provides highlighted information about the products' warning labels, specified hazards, manufacturers and sellers.
Source: Property & Casualty 360