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Fidget spinner missing a piece in boy's hands

Fidget spinners have been one of the most popular gifts of 2017, but the small pieces can fall out and cause a child to choke.

By now, the children in your life have probably sent you their holiday toy wish lists. But just as important is the holiday “don’t buy” list.

W.A.T.C.H. released nominees for its “10 Worst Toys of 2017” list in mid-November, leading with Hallmark’s “Ittys Bitty” Baby Stacking Toy. This toy was recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in August. The fabric hats and bows on the Disney characters can detach and cause a young child to choke. This toy also has no safety warnings or age recommendations.

Toy 2: Tolo’s Tug Along Pony. This toy is marketed for children 12 months and older. It has a 19-inch cord, which is permitted for pull-along toys. But W.A.T.C.H. says this toy poses a strangulation hazard and does not carry any safety warnings.

Toy 3: The Wonder Woman Battle-Action Sword. This toy is recommended for children age 6 and up. Before you buy, note that the sword is large and sharp enough to cause facial or impact injuries. The packaging also gets a failing grade. It encourages children to “fight alongside men in a war to end all wars.”

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Thanksgiving is just a week away and that means the holiday shopping season is almost upon us. If you are shopping for children, we want to help you make safe buying decisions to avoid injuries to your children.

Here is the 2010 “10 Worst Toys” list, published by W.A.T.C.H. This year’s list showcases toys that cause potential eye injuries, choking and even death.


  • Spy Gear Split-Blaster
  • Supasplat Splatbaster
  • Buzz Magnets
  • Kung Fu Panda Sword of Heroes
  • Ballzillion Tug Boat Play Center
  • My First Mini Cycle
  • Pull Along Caterpillar
  • Animal Alley Pony
  • Big Bang Rocket
  • Walkaroo II Aluminum Stilts

There are some other toys you may want to keep off your shopping list. They pose no safety hazard, but we believe they demonstrate bad taste and inappropriate marketing ideas.

Here is this year’s “10 Controversial Toys That Won’t Be On This Year’s Wish Lists,” published by

  • Oreo Barbie
  • Terrorist figurine
  • Play-Doh Drill ‘n Fill Playset
  • My Cleaning Trolley
  • Harry Potter and the Vibrating Broom
  • Breast-Feeding Doll
  • Airport Security Play Set
  • Mommy’s Boob Job
  • Mattel’s American Girl Homeless Girl
  • “Crazy For You” Teddy Bear

The personal injury lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck wish you a happy and safe holiday shopping season!

For more information on toy safety, read this report from the American Association for Justice.

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