Toy industry, safety org fight over which products pose a threat to kids

The toy industry is dismissing a safety group’s annual worst toys list as misleading and needlessly frightening to parents.

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The Toy Association says World Against Toys Causing Harm doesn’t run safety tests on the toys.

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In contrast, the industry trade group says all toys sold in the U.S. must meet more than 100 “rigorous safety tests and standards” by law.

James Swarrtz, director of World Against Toys Causing Harm, talks about the dangers of the Power Rangers Electronic Cheetah Claw during a news conference in Boston, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The association represents most of the toy makers named on WATCH’s list. It also suggests parents buy toys from reputable stores and online sellers.

A high-powered Nerf gun, ice cream-scented Nickelodeon slime and a plastic Power Rangers claw are among the toys topping the list released Tuesday by WATCH.

The Massachusetts-based nonprofit has been issuing the lists ahead of the holidays for more than four decades.

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WATCH unveiled its list Tuesday at a Boston children's hospital.

A realistic toy machine gun, the Pogo Trick Board, a yeti teddy bear and a pull-along caterpillar toy for infants also made the list.

Joan Siff, president of World Against Toys Causing Harm, speaks behind an array of toys, including ice cream-scented Nickelodeon slime, during a news conference in Boston, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The nonprofit says many of the products present choking, eye and other safety hazards found in poorly designed toys.

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It also cites the products for having inconsistent and inadequate warning labels.