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Transformers Toys Pose Safety Problems
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Spurred by the popular Hollywood live-action film Transformers, toys replicas of the powerful robots are making a big comeback---not only for nostalgic grown-ups, but also into the waiting arms of many young fans.

However, some tiny and acuate parts of the toys are making parents uneasy, fearful they might hurt their children, Guangzhou Daily reported on Wednesday.

A young girl holds a Transformers toy in this undated photo.

Most of the Transformers toys currently on the market need to be assembled, so that they can be manipulated into many different poses. Because of this, many small accessories are re-supplied together with the toys.

Mr. Chen from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, said that at the beginning he felt strongly that his child should assemble the toy alone. However, over time, when he discovered that a tiny part of the toy almost shot his son's eye, he got scared.

The small accessory was supposed to be the weapon of the Transformers toy, but when the boy was trying unsuccessfully to fix it into the toy's hand, it rebounded and back shot at him. Fortunately, it didn't quite get his eye, but left a wound on his eyelid.

Source from a local hospital in Guangzhou revealed that many children have been hurt by such toys since the summer holidays started. Doctors said that incorrectly operating many toys, especially complicated ones like Transformers, poses a safety risk to children. For this reason, doctors advise parents to choose toys for their children with care, avoiding those with sharp or removable pieces.

( August 16, 2007)

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