Water balloon slingshots top list of unsafe summer toys

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This Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 photo shows water balloons that will be dropped in a super chiller, an immersion circulator running on half water, half neutral grain spirit at The Aviary in Chicago. The immersion lets the temperature of the bath drop into very cold temperatures and freezes the water balloon from the outside in […]

A Boston-based consumer watchdog group has warned of the dangers to children of water balloon slingshots, lawn darts and other summer toys.

Those playthings top a list of 10 questionable toys issued Thursday by World Against Toys Causing Harm, better known by its acronym, W.A.T.C.H.

Others include low-riding wheeled toys; swimming pools; all-terrain vehicles; toys with small parts; baby pools and garden buckets; backyard water slides; high-powered water guns; and bounce houses and backyard trampolines.

The group says more than 2.5 million American children are injured each summer. It says many of those accidents are preventable.

Last summer, the organization singled out fidget spinners — those popular plastic and metal toys that users spin around a finger — saying they pose a choking hazard.

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