The Razor was the first hit toy of the new millennium. In 2000, Razor sold 5 million scooters in just six months, and they were everywhere. On long-shadowed schoolyard evenings, all the cool kids would take turns on the scooters, testing out tricks and making skid marks on the pavement. Land a hella tight ollie, and you were a playground hero.
Here's a statistic to pop that nostalgia bubble: Razor scooters and other "ride-on" toys sent 110,000 kids to the hospital in 2001, according to a new report in the journal Clinical Pediatrics. In 1999, that number was 25,000—a jump as extreme as any trick you could land on a Razor.
According to the paper—a comprehensive crunch of 20 years of hospital data—149,000 kids go to the hospital every year for toy-related injuries. "On average in 2011," the paper states, "a child received treatment in a U.S. ED [Emergency Department] for a toy-related injury every three minutes."
By far, the most dangerous toy category in the analysis were ride-on toys like scooters, wagons, and electric-powered mini-cars (e.g., one of these bad boys you always coveted).
Number of Injuries Sustained by Children Ages 0-17, by Type of Toy (1999-2011)
The most-common injuries from toys: falls (45.5 percent), collisions (22.2 percent), and foreign-body involvement (think ingestion, 10.9 percent). The risk of toy injury peaks at 2 years old, a fact that will shock no one. Boys are twice as likely to go to the hospital with toy injuries. Thankfully for boys, this gap decreases with age, disappearing around age 17. But who is playing with toys at age 17 anyway?