The Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel Superstar Blade and Marvel's Black Panther Slash Claw made a consumer safety group's annual list of the "10 Worst Toys" for the holidays.
The Massachusetts-based World Against Toys Causing Harm released this week its annual list of toys it says could present choking, strangulation, eye and other hazards. The list is meant to be a tool representing the kinds of toys parents should avoid buying for their kids, according to President Joan Siff.
"The particular toys nominated for the '10 Worst Toys' list are illustrative of some potential hazards in toys being sold to consumers, and should not be considered as the only potentially hazardous toys on the market," W.A.T.C.H. said.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has warned parents about several types of toys included on W.A.T.C.H.'s list, including those with small parts and magnets. The commission also encourages parents to ensure children have proper safety equipment required for some toys.
"CPSC is constantly looking for emerging hazards with toys. We will review the list and act as appropriate," said agency spokeswoman Patty Davis.
Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of industry trade group the Toy Association, said the toys are safe. He said the U.S. is the toughest market in the world in which to get a toy approved and that toys approved by the CPSC are among the safest products in American homes.
In a statement, the Toy Association said that all toys in the United States must meet over 100 rigorous safety standards by law. Additionally, W.A.T.C.H. does not actually test the toys to report their safety, according to the statement.
Hasbro spokeswoman Julie Duffy said all of its products — including the two that appear on W.A.T.C.H.'s list, the Nerf Vortex VTX Praxis Blaster and the Marvel Black Panther Slash Claw — comply with all global safety laws, regulations and standards enforced by the CPSC.
"Product safety is a top priority at Hasbro," she said.
Here are the top 10 toys W.A.T.C.H. says could harm children along with the group's description of each.