The 7 Most Dangerous Toys for Kids

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The most dangerous toys for kids...
The most dangerous toys for kids...

I grew up with three brothers, which means I have close, personal experience being victimized by most toys that could kill a kid made between 1980 and 2000. Sometimes the toys are just plain stupid and shouldn't ever be bought for children (thanks a lot, mom!). However, sometimes the idea is right but the toy was made in a dangerous way.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, toy-related deaths to children younger than 15 years old increased to 17 fatalities reported in 2010, up from 15 reported in 2009.

Most of the toys featured below are from my very own list, but a couple were featured on several "Most Dangerous Toys" lists circulating on the Internet. Statistically speaking, if you buy your children some of the toys on this list, they will get injured. The last two toys are everywhere and are seemingly innocuous but cause the most injuries and deaths among children. Can you guess what they are?


1. Lawn Darts
A pointy metal stake that you throw into the area while a bunch of people stand around ... What could possibly go wrong? More than 6,500 people reported lawn dart injuries before they were recalled and made illegal in 1988.

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2. Trampoline
What a buzz kill, I know. But trampoline injuries led to 98,000 trips to the emergency room in 2009 alone. In fact, the risk of injury is so high that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that trampolines should never be used at home or in outdoor playgrounds. The AAP supports limited use of trampolines in supervised training programs, such as gymnastics and diving classes. But even then, strict safety guidelines must be followed. Buzz kill? Maybe. But I ain't buying one for my kid. Ever.



3. Old School Sleds
This is an example of a good idea executed poorly. I mean, sleds aren't exactly the safest thing around in the first place. But take something that rockets down a hill at a high rate of speed, add heavy duty metal runners that can slice a 10-year-old femoral artery like butter, and you've got trouble.



4. B.B. Gun
Do I really need to say it? Okay: YOU'LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT. Or, in my case, your brother will shoot at you while you're jumping on the trampoline, (a deadly toy twofer!) lodging a B.B. in your chest. Then he will hand the gun to your little brother and tell your mom he did it.


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5. Sling Shot
I am certain I have a scar somewhere on my arm from when my brother did sling-shot target practice using me as the bulls-eye. No good can come of this "toy."



6. Razor Scooters
These are super popular and aren't going away. But did you know that injury from non-motorized scooters is the leading cause of toy-related injury and death. The CPSC reports these injuries involved lacerations, contusions, and abrasions to the child's face and head.



7. Balls
I saw a lot of statistics all over the web touting stuff like kids choking on small balls is the cause of half of all toy-related deaths in children. The CPSC says toy-related deaths to children younger than 15 increased to 17 fatalities reported in 2010, up from 15 reported in 2009. Nearly half of these toy-related fatalities were attributed to choking on balloons, small balls, and rubber balls. Then I stumbled onto this site, Polite Dissent, which really breaks down the numbers. So if choking on balls isn't the most dangerous, it falls back to non-motorized scooters.

- By Monica Bielanko

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Lawn Darts
Lawn Darts
Trampoline
Trampoline
Old School Sleds
Old School Sleds
B.B. Gun
B.B. Gun
Sling Shot
Sling Shot
Razor Scooters
Razor Scooters
Balls
Balls
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