BOSTON, NOV. 15 -- Beware of flying pizzas fired by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And yo, you Bart Simpson fans, don't get careless with a nylon replica of your television hero.
So says a personal injury lawyer in his annual pre-Christmas list of dangerous toys.
The list, released today by attorney Edward Swartz, includes a Batmobile equipped with rocket launchers and a simulated crossbow.
Swartz said the toys "have the potential to kill or injure," but officials at several toy companies disputed his allegations, saying their products meet safety standards and have adequate warnings.
The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission scheduled its own annual news conference on dangerous toys Monday in Washington.
Sometimes the danger is not in the toy, but in the way it is handled, said commission spokesman Jack Eden. "If you buy a toy destined for a 7-year-old, it stands to reason it shouldn't be in the hands of a 14-month-old child," he said.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pizza thrower, made by Playmates Toys Inc. of La Mirada, Calif., shoots small plastic discs resembling pizzas. It warns people not to look directly into the "pizza oven launcher" or to shoot the discs at animals or people.
Swartz said the flying plastic pizzas create a risk of eye injury.
A statement from Playmates said the company was "vitally concerned" with product safety and that it tested the toys according to federal guidelines. It said it "has not received a single consumer complaint or report of injury resulting from this product."
Another item cited by Swartz was a 13-inch nylon replica of Bart Simpson. The doll comes in a box that Swartz said shows the toy dangling in several places, including the handlebars of a bicycle. He said the doll could get caught in a bicycle if used this way and cause an accident.
Ted Mayer, vice president of design for Spectra Star, the Pacoima, Calif., maker of Bart, said the toy was not intended to be hung on a bicycle. "It's harmless," he said.