(CBS) - A Boston, Massachusetts based consumer group released its list of the 10 Worst Toys for 2009 on Wednesday.
This year's list exposes toy hazards seen year after year, despite continued efforts to educate and inform the industry, according to James Swartz, of World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. also known as "WATCH."
The group says an astounding number of defective toys are still reaching the marketplace, as evidenced by the slew of recalls in the last year. In the 12-month period since W.A.T.C.H.'s last "10 Worst Toys" conference, there have been at least 31 toy recalls representing more than four-point-64 million units of dangerous toys in the marketplace.
While chemicals and lead in toys are critical issues that have received much publicity recently, consumers should not overlook other types of hazards.
According to W.A.T.C.H. toxic toys are a serious hazard that can only be detected with sophisticated equipment. However, there are other typical hazards consumers can detect themselves while shopping, including small parts that children can choke on, or toys that may cause impact injuries or pose a risk of strangulation.
The toys that made this years top 10 list are: Disney-Pixar Wall-E Foam Rocket Launcher; Moon Board Pogo Board; Curious Baby Curious George Counting -- My First Book of Numbers; The Dark Knight Batman Figure; X-Men Origins Slashin' Action Wolverine; Lots to Love Babies -- "Mini Nursery"; Just Kidz Jr. Musical Instruments; CAT "Rugged mini"; Pucci Pups Maltese and finally Spy Gear Viper-Blaster.