Parents are being urged to think twice before buying youngsters toys which fire plastic projectiles for Christmas.
Hampshire County Council has issued a warning for adults to exercise care when choosing gifts, after a study by its scientific service found they pose a risk to young children.
The research found more than half (58 per cent) of toy dart guns and bows and arrows failed to meet British safety standards.
Council leader, Councillor Ken Thornber said: 'It's important parents and adults buying toys don't compromise on vital safety standards. A toy bought cheaply is not a bargain if a child gets hurt.'