The health and safety of children should be the top priority when creating a product for them. Well, so you would think, but this is sadly not always the case. There are children’s toys that have made it to the shelves of stores that would cause you to wonder, “What were thinking,” as these toys are dangerous as they can cause injuries and illness. Very often, after negative reports regarding the safety of kid’s toys, they are banned or recalled. In the United States, the Consumer Product Safety Commission was instituted to promote the safety of consumer products. Here are five of the most dangerous toys for kids that have been sold.
1. Gilbert Glass Blowing Kit
The A.C Gilbert Company was known for producing toys that promoted learning and science. The A.C Gilbert Glass Blowing Kit was one of the company’s most notorious designs from the 1920s. Glass melts at temperatures above 1000 degrees Fahrenheit and thus, this kit which came with a Bunsen burner to heat the glass and glass tubes for melting, stretching and bending was a risk in the hands of children. Many children suffered minor burns during their glass blowing experiments. This toy was later banned.
2. Creepy Crawlers
In 1964, the Creepy Crawler by Mattel was quite a popular children’s toy. This included an oven and chemicals which were poured into a metal mold and then baked to make wriggly spiders, frogs and other insects. The boys certainly had fun making these and using them for mischief. The issue with this toy is that the oven got extremely hot and many children got burned. Also, PlastiGroop, the chemical gel used for the molds, emitted toxic fumes.
3. CSI: Fingerprint Examination Kit
In 2007, CBS Consumer Products released this toy, allowing children to experience the thrill of investigation forensics as seen on the television show CSI. The producers of the toy certainly didn’t envisage what came next. Inspiring crime scene investigators love you toy but it was soon recalled after it was found that the fingerprint powder contained five to seven percent of tremolite, which is a hazardous type of asbestos.
4. Snacktime Cabbage Patch Doll
Mattel Inc., the toy maker, was known for the Cabbage Patch Snacktime Kids doll which was popular among children in the 1990s. The doll had the ability to chew the plastic snack that came with it as an accessory. The problem was that the doll sucked on children’s fingers, hands and hair and did not want to let go. After several highly publicized incidents, the manufacturer voluntarily recalled the dolls.
5. Lawn Darts
Lawn Darts were also called Javelin Darts on J Darts. Getting a target and throwing darts at it was the basic idea of this toy. When thrown, the darts would stick in the ground since they were sharp and heavy. The darts had weighted metal tips on one end which made the children’s toy dangerous. Soon, playmates became the targets and there were many injuries. Therefore, game had to be banned. There are darts with soft plastic tips now available.
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