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Toy Dangers

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 Wichita Falls, TX - Toys that your kids may want for Christmas could be putting their safety at risk.

A new report released earlier this week shows the top ten most dangerous toys. The advocacy group World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H. just released its "Top 10 Worst Toys" list. 

On Tuesday, Newschannel 6 Jimmie Johnson did a little secret shopping to see how many toys on this list I could find in Texoma stores. I also looked for the toy research shows has been one of the most dangerous over the last decade and you might be surprised at what I found out.

Black Friday is over, but the holiday shopping season is still in full swing. That means Santa's little helpers are still out gathering Christmas presents and there are some gifts you may want to avoid.

Big box stores such as Walmart, Target and Toys 'R Us carry at least one of the toys on the group's list.

The Air Storm Firetek Bow tops this year's list. It's designed for kids eight years old and up. The product warns kids to "not aim at eyes or face, do not aim or shoot at people or animals,' arrows should not be pulled back at more than half strength," and it should not to be used in "complete darkness." W.A.T.C.H. said this toy is a "Hazard: Potential for eye injury."

Second on the list, the Ziggle, is a four wheel ride for children three to eight years old. It sits approximately eight inches of the ground. Box labels encourages kids to swerve & spin", "try new tricks" and "race around the block..."

W.A.T.C.H. believes "its low profile makes the toy potentially hazardous for outdoor use. It also points out, "despite a warning to 'always wear' a helmet and other safety gear, the young rider pictured on the box is wearing no protection."

One toy that is not on this list, but responsible for a large portion of toy-related injuries over the past decade is the two-wheel, collapsible, lightweight, foot-powered scooter often sold by razor and it can be found at all three big box stores in town. 

A couple of tips when picking out toys:

* Check packaging to see if it is age appropriate for the child.

* Check to see if the toy may be a choking hazard -- use an empty toilet paper roll and see if it fits inside the empty roll and if it is than it may be a choking hazard.

Between December 2013 to January 2014 United Regional emergency room saw four children younger than the age of 17 for muscle strains from jumping on trampolines.

They also treated three patients for head injuries from falling off bicycles or small riding toys and the patients were not wearing protective gear.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6

http://toysafety.org/10-worst-toys-of-2014/
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