In just two days America will be reveling in “Black Monday” (like Black Friday but for online purchases). In the old days of Christmases past, when parents and others actually went to something called a “store” to choose toys for their tots, a parent could often spot for herself a lurking danger. For example, he or she could see if small parts might be removable and thus pose a choking hazard. But now, with more and more people doing “Cyber shopping” , some of a toy’s more obvious safety flaws are less obvious.
Never fear! Safe shopping can be done online, with a little help from our friend “WATCH“. For more than 40 years this not-for-profit group (acronym for “World Against Toys Causing Harm”) has published an annual “top-WATCH-OUT list” of potentially dangerous toys.
Here’s an example (from this year’s list): a toy called “Pull-Along Pony” marketed for children over one-year old but has a pull chord 19 inches long (strangulation hazard). More examples: A fidget spinner with small, removable parts (choking hazard). A Spider-Man drone with rotating blades just the right size to enter an eye socket.