This Christmas, Beware the Toys That Send Kids to the E.R.

In 1999, the year before the Razor scooter debuted, scooters and other ride-on toys sent 25,000 kids to the hospital. Just one year later, the Razor scooter hit the market and the number of kids sent to the hospital due to ride-on toy injuries skyrocketed to 1110,000. This statistic supports a new report in the journal Clinical Pediatrics, which found that the dangerous-toy category was consistently dominated by ride-on toys, such as scooters, wagons, and electric-powered mini cars.

Among the other toys making the “dangerous” list this year were a bow-and-arrow set, an alphabet pull toy with a too-long rope, and a baby doll with a bow that can fall off and pose a choking hazard.

The most common toy-related injuries are falls, collision, and foreign-body involvement (such as ingesting). The risk of toy injury peaks at 2 years old.

For more info, check out this story at The Atlantic or view a list of the most dangerous toys on the market, according to W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm).

Source: The Atlantic

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