The ’10 Worst Games’ of 2022 include potential security hazards

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Before buying that toy at the top of your child’s Christmas list, you might consider checking it out World Against Toys causing harm, Inc Nominated for the 10 worst games of 2022.

WATCH is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about dangerous gaming. From choking hazards to chemical-related injuries, WATCH has monitored the safety of children’s toys for 50 years in “the hope of bringing about change and reducing injuries to children,” according to a press release.

Consumer advocates Joan E. Siff, WATCH president, and James A. Swartz, director., emphasized the potential safety hazards identified on the shelves of game stores and online, some of them:

  • Coin cell batteries with potential for ingestion and chemical burn injuries
  • Toy weapons with potential for blunt force impact injuries
  • Plush toys that can cause suffocation in babies

“Shockingly, the dangers of classic toys, such as small parts, strings, projectiles, toxic substances, rigid materials, and careful warnings and labels, continue to reappear in the new generation of toys putting children at risk,” according to the press release.

A 2014 learn published in SAGE Journals found that a child is treated in a US emergency room every three minutes for a game-related injury and that children of different ages face different dangers from games.

WATCH released a list of games Wednesday that may contain one or more security hazards, including:

Most of the products on the list display warnings or cautions on the tag or packaging, which address the danger issue, but others do not.

WATCH offers practical tips for identifying hazards so parents and guardians can learn how to avoid potentially harmful games, such as:

  • Carefully inspect toys and their packaging for safety red flags before giving them to children
  • Be familiar with the latest injury and recalls the game
  • Advocacy and awareness of dangerous toys sold in retail stores and online

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