Top 10 Toys Considered Choking Hazards

Some toys, especially small ones, are considered choking hazard and many chi,Daren can’t distinguish them from food or candy.

Yet some toys were elastic and had strings capable of making someone strangle another or him/herself.
The Top Ten
1 Balloons

Balloons are fun for many children, but despite this, they are a choking hazard. In fact, they are the top choking hazard toy because they are common, and there are many incidents of children choking and suffocating on them, with thousands of cases reported.

Balloons pop easily, and babies can chew on the pieces, leading to choking. Many children under 3 can't distinguish toys from candy. Balloons have earned their warning labels indicating that they are a choking hazard and are not suitable for children under 3.

Even so, some balloons are marketed for children aged 8 or older. Extra warnings on these balloons state, "Children under 8 could suffocate and choke on uninflated or broken balloons. Keep uninflated balloons away from children. Adult supervision required." These warnings further prove that balloons are a top choking hazard.

2 Legos

Legos are among the most popular toys and are also among the top choking hazards. This is due to many incidents of children choking on them because, after all, they are small pieces, and small pieces mean choking hazard.

Keep your Legos away from babies. This could save your child's life.

3 Water Beads

Water beads were especially dangerous because children thought they were candy and swallowed them. Since the human body is mostly made up of water, the beads expanded inside the body, leading to severe dehydration and significant injuries that could only be treated by surgery. Additionally, they were not even detectable by X-rays. Due to these dangers, they were recalled.

4 Marbles

Marbles are small, round objects, and many children can't distinguish these small, colorful toys from candy. As a result, they swallow them and choke. Marbles have gained notoriety for this reason.

5 Stretchy Toys

Stretchy toys, like those found in 25-cent vending machines, are usually small, making them a choking hazard. Additionally, because they are stretchy, they are a prime example of toys used for strangulation. Toys like yo-yo water balls were notorious for this. In fact, 294 out of 409 people were reported for strangulation involving these toys, leading to their recall.

6 Zulu Blow Gun

This gun is long and slender, making it a severe choking hazard. To my knowledge, toy guns or any kind of guns are generally not considered safe anyway.

7 Boba Fett Action Figure

The Boba Fett action figure fires mini rockets that have the potential to land in children's mouths, making it a choking hazard.

8 Magnetix

Magnetix were known to be choking hazards in the first place, but they were also magnetic. When released, they flung off like projectiles, landing in people's mouths and esophagi, causing them to choke and suffocate. What was even worse was when they connected inside the body, causing further damage. One death further proved the dangers of Magnetix, leading to their eventual recall.

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10 Kinder Surprise

Kinder Surprise toys contain many little parts, leading to kids swallowing them and making them a choking hazard. In fact, 10 people have died from using them.

In the U.S., there have been countless reports of children choking on them. But that's not all. Recently, drugs were detected inside them, which made matters worse. Thankfully, these were recalled in the U.S. However, despite their dangers, they appear to be making a return.

That's why it is banned in the USA.

The Contenders
11 Fidget Spinners

Fidget spinners may be notorious for distracting school students, and some were recalled for containing dangerous levels of lead (the world's second most toxic household chemical) at 825 times the AAP's maximum safe level. However, they are also known to be a choking hazard, with many reports of children choking on them.

The small circles can fall off and land in children's mouths, posing a risk of choking. Remember that children under 3 shouldn't play with toys that have a choking hazard warning.

12 Shopkins

They're small toys, making them a choking hazard.

13 Balzac Toys

Balzac toys range from small toys to large balloon toys, all of which pose a choking hazard. The balloon toys come with small white chips of plastic, which are, of course, a choking hazard.

Moreover, they allow children to purchase them with uninflated balloons, which is risky, as children under 8 shouldn't inflate balloons on their own. Disney lets kids of all ages buy stuff.

14 Hang 10 Mini-Hammocks

Hang 10 Mini-Hammocks didn't contain spreader bars, so children suffocated and choked as they closed up.

15 Polly Pocket

Polly Pocket toys used to be small enough to fit in your pockets, but now they're bigger. However, there are still small parts that can cause children to choke.

16 Play-Doh

Honestly, Play-Doh is really easy for little kids to mistake for food. What can I say? It has the color, texture, and even the smell of something that toddlers would like to put in their mouths. It's a total choking hazard!

17 Lite Brite

Lite Brite toys contain small pieces, making them a choking hazard. Additionally, they are not suitable for children under 4 as they also pose an electrical hazard.

18 Easter Eggs

Easter eggs are made of plastic, and little kids can bite them before they fall into their esophagus, making them choking hazards.

19 Hatchimals

They come with eggs that, when cracked, become pieces that can be chewed and swallowed by little children, posing a choking hazard. The company does warn customers of this.

20 Super Balls

Super Balls are small, rubbery, bouncy balls, making them a choking hazard. Therefore, they're not suitable for children under 3. However, they're often found in candy and vending machines, increasing the likelihood of being swallowed by unsuspecting children.

21 Slinky

You can wrap a Slinky around your neck, making it a toy that poses a strangulation risk and a major choking hazard.

22 Koosh Balls

Koosh Balls are made of rubber, and kids can bite pieces off and chew them, making them a total choking hazard.

23 Forky

Forky toys contained plastic googly eyes that could fall off and land in children's mouths, making them a potential choking hazard. They were pulled from the shelves of the World of Disney at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

24 Silly Putty

Children under 3 swallow pretty much anything. Anyone that age with Silly Putty would likely swallow it. Since it's small and not meant to be eaten, it qualifies as a choking hazard.

25 Slime

Children under 3 eat everything, and slime is usually colorful. Regardless of size, it can be broken apart by children and eaten. Many brands also contain excessive levels of boron, putting kids at risk of health problems.

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