We all know to keep sharp objects and meds out of reach of our kids, but seemingly harmless toys can turn deadly fast. Is your kid playing with one of those toys right now?

By Marisa Cohen
March 07, 2018

It’s the kind of story that makes every parent’s heart race: On Monday, March 5, a 3-year-old boy in Australia choked to death on a small plastic ball as his mom desperately tried to save him. We all know to keep knives, sharp scissors, and medications out of reach of our kids, but how can something as innocent as a plastic ball turn so deadly?

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), toys such as small balls cause a handful of child deaths each year in the United States. “Many of these injuries occur when there is a child over age 3 in the house, with a sibling under age 3,” says Neal Cohen, a consumer safety lawyer in Washington, DC. “Be careful to keep the smaller toys away from the younger child, and never assume that all the toys in your house are in the same condition they were when you bought them. You should regularly go through the deepest, darkest corners of the playroom and get rid of any small pieces that may have broken off.”

Here are 6 common toys that are shockingly dangerous to younger kids—and even some older ones.

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