Holiday Shopping Safety - Toys to Avoid

Safety experts reveal the most dangerous toys of 2009.

With safety concerns about America's hottest toy, Zhu Zhu Pets, being debunked many are left wondering exactly which toys are unsafe to buy this Christmas? Luckily two consumer safety groups have made a list to help parents buy only safe presents for their children this year.

According to W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc.), these are the "10 Worst Toys" of 2009:

1. Disney-Pixar WALL-E Foam Rocket Launcher
2. Moon Board Pogo Board
3. Curious Baby Curious George Counting - My First Book of Numbers
4. The Dark Knight Batman Figure
5. X-Men Origins Slashin' Action Wolverine
6. Lots to Love Babies - "Mini Nursery"
7. Just Kidz Junior Musical Instruments
8. CAT "Rugged Mini"
9. Pucci Pups Maltese
10. Spy Gear Viper-Blaster

"I greatly appreciate groups like these looking out for our children's safety," said Trey Greene, CEO of noodleStream.com, creator of SafetySkillsT online safety training and father of two. "Most parents assume that since toys are out of the shelves, that they are safe for our children, but that is not always the case. Sometimes they need a second look and these groups are there to help us get that extra set of eyes to ensure that safety comes first."

Another well-respected consumer group, U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG)'s Trouble in Toyland Report found the following toys failing in safety.

Noise Hazards

 Bright Lights Phone by VTech
 Laugh & Learn Learning Phones by Fisher Price
 Kato and Pals Stompers Triceratops by Playskool
 Secret Saturdays Cryptid Claw by Mattel Choking Hazards
 Creative Wood Stacking Rings by Zaidy
 Real Wood Shape Sorter Barn by P&C Enterprise
 Unnamed play food tray by World Market
 My First Baby Learn Zapf Creation
 Pizza Planet Gift Pak/Toy Story by Mattel
 Fur Real Baby Bird by Hasbro

Contains Lead

 Touch & Feel Cloth Books by Priddy Books
 Alligator Cell Phone Charm by Claire's
 Collector's Series Painted Duck by Dollar Tree
 Knight's Helmet by Dollar Tree

Phthalates in excess of ban

 Pretty Princess Puppy Purse by Claire's
 Elmo Lunch Bag by Fast Forward New York

"It is really great to have access to this type of information, especially around the holidays. The last thing I would ever want to do is buy my granddaughter a gift that is unsafe," said Margaret Anderson, grandmother.

To learn more about SafetySkillsT, visit http://www.safetyskills.com.