Picking the perfect birthday gift or Christmas gift for a child can be tricky and it can literally be a life or death decision if you end up purchasing a toy that does not meet federal safety guidelines. The following is a list of the top 10 most dangerous toys of 2017 as reported by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. If you have any of these products in your home, the manufacturer’s contact details have been provided along with the steps to take to repair, replace or refund the product’s purchase price.
Kreative Kid’s Children’s Robes:
While these cute animal themed robes may look adorable on your little one, they fail to meet federal flammability standards for fire resistance. These robes have a significantly increased potential to catch fire if incidental contact is made to hot surfaces, open flames or burning embers from a fire. If you or someone you know has purchased one of these robes, you should contact Kreative Kids to arrange a refund.
Target “Hatch and Grow” Water Absorbing Easter Eggs and Dino Eggs:
What child between the ages of 3 and 7 doesn’t love hatching one of these great Easter or Dinosaur themed eggs? There have been several iterations of this toy for the last 40 years but this particular brand and model has been identified as having an increased risk of ingestion due to it’s small size. Ingesting this product can lead to internal blockages requiring surgery to remove. Even worse, the product may not even show up on an x-ray making a surgical removal of the product even more difficult (and dangerous). If you have any of these products, you should contact Target to arrange a refund.
Douglass Stuffed Animals (Plush Toys):
Douglas Plush Toys is recalling three of their most popular stuffed animals including Charlotte the Fox, Oliver the Bear and Chewie the English Bulldog. After additional product testing, the manufacturer has determined that the eyes of these plush toys can easily break free and become ingested by small children under the age of 3. For more information on this recall you can contact Douglass Toys.
Moose Toys “Little Live Pets” Toy Frogs:
At first glance, these cute little toy frogs look like a lot of fun. Especially when there placed in their little habitat dome and activated. Unfortunately, there is a potential for the battery’s cap to become a projectile and the battery’s chemicals can leak causing chemical burns and other injury hazards. If you know of anyone owning one of these little frogs, have the parents contact Moose Toys to arrange a refund.
Hobby Lobby Easter and July 4th Light Up Spinner Toys:
Light up spinning toys have been a kid favorite for decades. Unfortunately, these particular styles marketed by Hobby Lobby have an increased potential of the battery cover becoming undone creating ingestion hazards to the young children they are intended for. Contact Hobby Lobby directly to arrange a refund of these dangerous toys.
Dynacraft “Surge” and “Tonka” Ride-on Toys:
Perhaps the most dangerous toy of 2017 (so far) is the Dynacraft “Surge” and “Tonka” series of ride-on toys (similar Power Wheels and Perego). This acceleration pedal on this particular line of batter operated ride-on toys can stick causing severe danger to the occupant(s) of the vehicle. Owners of these ride-on units are advised to contact Dynacraft to arrange repairs.
Krusher Scooters by Pulse Performance:
We’ve written in the past how all three of our kids love their Razors Scooters. They’re lots of fun, easy to carry around and provide countless hours of physical activity for our kids. Krusher Scooters (by Pulse Performance Products) are of a similar shape but have a very dangerous design flaw. All 18,700 of these scooters have been recalled as the main support tube (down tube) has a tendency to break during use. These breakages can lead to severe injury or death during the use of the product.
Razor RipStik Motorized Caster Board:
Is there anything cooler for your teenage son or daughter than ripping down the street on their own battery powered RipStik caster board from Razor? If they’ve been lucky, your child might not be aware that the rear wheel can unexpectedly lock up while in use causing a tremendous fall hazards to unsuspecting users. Owners of these boards should contact Razor directly to arrange a repair of the faulty rear wheel assembly.
Target Magnetic Tic Tac Toe Game:
Do you or someone you know have one of these board games in your home? If so, you may not be aware that the small magnetic pieces are know to be a choking hazard and Target has issued a full recall of the item. Contact Target directly if you own one of these magnetic Tic Tac Toe games.
Kids II “Oball Rattles” Baby Rattle:
You’d think that by now, manufacturers would have figured out that you shouldn’t attach small objects to baby rattles that could break free and become choking hazards. Unfortunately, we have yet another such product on our list of most dangerous kid toys of 2017. If you own one of these Oball Rattles, contact Kids II for information on a refund or replacement.