Dangerous Toys – What You Need To Know?

Not all toys are safe!

Play is an essential part of a child’s early development. It helps their brain to develop and for their language and communication skills to mature. Therefore, simple games like shaking a rattle or introducing age-appropriate toys from an early age are vital. Toys are an excellent way for your child to begin to discover the world around them. Do you remember your childhood toys and the endless fun you had with your space hopper or your Sylvanian family treehouse?

But not all toys are safe, and not all toys deserve to be re-invented or even invented. In-fact many toys have caused severe harm to unsuspecting children. so did you notice some dangerous toys by your side?

boy playing toy gun, what you know about dangerous toys?
11-year-old boy playing at home, Madrid Spain

Most Dangerous Toys

Typically, parents assume the toys they are buying for the children are safe and have been vetted thoroughly before being sold, but that is not always the case. A staggering 240,000 children in 2020 arrived in ER rooms in the US with toy-related injuries, some of which are very serious. But not all dangers can be seen, for example, those made with tiny fibers that can be easily ingested by a young child. There are also dangers from toys that encourage boisterous play fights or aggressive play that may lead to an impact injury. Unfortunately, many of these dangerous toys are toys that we would have had as children and have now reached fad status!

The Different Types of Potential Hazards to Avoid While Toy Shopping

During 2020 more people than ever shopped online because of the COVID pandemic, opening the door to false advertising and counterfeit toys made of low-quality material. Groups such as “World Against Toys Causing Harm” offer parent support and information and remind them how vital it is to thoroughly do their research when purchasing toys online. W.A.T.C.H has released a list of the dangerous toys they say “should not be in the hands of children” due to unnecessary hazards and even a risk of death. (W.A.T.C.H LIST 2020)

  • 1. Calico Critters Nursery Friends: Labeled suitable for ages 3+ but seems to appeal to younger children, it is hazardous due to many small parts that can cause choking.
  • 2. Missile Launcher: This toy comes with no warning of the potential for eye and or facial injury for both the child playing with the toy and anyone else that is around when the toy is launched.
  • 3. Marvel Avengers Vibranium Power FX Claw: Labeled suitable for ages 5+, however, this toy is likely to cause eye and facial injuries.
  • 4. Gloria Owl: Labeled for ages 12 months and up. This is a plush toy with long hair-like fibers that can be ingested and cause respiration injuries.
  • 5. WWE Jumbo Superstar Fists: Labeled for ages 3+ but does recommend adult supervision on the official packaging. However, W.A.T.C.H found that “No warnings or cautions were provided regarding the potential for blunt force or impact injuries.”
  • 6. Sci-Fi Slime: A definite no-no, even the official packaging of this toy has numerous warnings about harmful chemicals and potential injuries from using this product, such as eye, skin, and respiratory irritation.
  • 7. Boomerang Interactive Stunt UFO: The manufacturer of this toy does say to keep hands, hair, and clothing away from the propeller, but then goes on to encourage children to use this toy to play catch-like games!
  • 8. Boom City Racers: Labeled for ages 4+ and does appear to have its own warnings on the packaging, but WATCH found there is a significant potential for eye and face injuries for children playing with this toy.
  • 9. My Sweet Love Lots of Love Babies Minis: Labeled suitable for ages 2+ But contains many small accessories that a child could very easily choke on.
  • 10. Star Wars Mandalorian Darksaber: Labeled suitable for ages 4+, this toy is hazardous in such a young child’s hands because it is a rigid plastic toy that can be very dangerous and could cause facial and impact injuries.


Other Dangerous Toys to Avoid

Toys such as lawn darts can also be incredibly dangerous and were even banned in 1988 by the Federal Government. Lawn darts were popular in the 1980s and are weighted darts that have a metal spike, so they will stick in the hoop that is placed on the ground. But if thrown with enough force, the metal spike could easily pierce the skin or even someone’s skull. There are other toys that can cause injury to an unsuspecting child.

How to Choose The Right Toy?

There are things you can do to protect your children from potential harm. Check the age-grades these are guidelines that reflect the toy’s safety based on:

  • Choking risks
  • The physical skills a child needs to play with the toy.
  • Whether the child would be able to understand how to use the toy
  • The interests and abilities at different stages of a child’s development

Keep these things in mind when you are purchasing toys for your child, and always buy toys that match your child’s age-grade.

  • Choose a toy that is made of natural materials like cotton and uncoated wood. If you are buying second-hand wooden toys, avoid toys that have chipped paint because they could contain lead.
  • If the toy is made from fabric, make sure it is washable.
  • Only buy toys that are labeled phthalate-free, PVC-free, and BPA-free, avoiding plastic toys with recycling codes #3, #6, and #7.
  • When purchasing art supplies such as crayons, pencils, and paint, make sure the packaging says they are non-toxic.


Children learn through play, and toys are the perfect way for a child to discover the world around them. A staggering 240,000 children in 2020 arrived in ER rooms in the US with injuries caused by playing with dangerous toys, some of which are very serious. But not all dangers can be seen, for example, those made with tiny fibers that can be easily ingested by a young child. Check the age-grades. These are guidelines that reflect the toy’s safety based on things like choking risks, the physical skills a child needs to play with the toy, whether the child would be able to understand how to use the toy. You can also opt for toys made from natural materials like cotton and wool and that is phthalate-free, PVC-free, and BPA-free.


Author: AQI Service as a professional quality control service company in China specialized in providing a complete range of quality inspection and testing certification services in China & Asia for global importers, buyers, retailers, and sellers.

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