According to “World Against Toys Causing Harm,” or W.A.T.C.H., a website run by trial lawyers, every year there are exactly 10 terribly dangerous toys out there. And every year, this self-styled watchdog group puts out a press release. And every year the media dutifully take the bait and report that we are living in a world brimming with peril.
Don’t believe the hype, writes Lenore Skenazy. A closer look at W.A.T.C.H.’s bogus list reveals a handful of harmless toys accompanied by ridiculous warnings that should be ignored by all sensible holiday shoppers.