Each year before Christmas an onslaught of new toys hit the market. But not all of these toys bring joy to their new owners on Christmas morning. Whether it’s due to hazardous materials, unsafe operations or just poor production, there have been plenty of popular toys that have proved to be dangerous for children. Unfortunately, because of the hoverboards that have a tendency to burst into flame, 2015 was no different. With that in mind, Amber Sutton (firstname.lastname@example.org) took a look at 11 famous toys that she found to be too dangerous to own. Those are set out below with her comments:
We’ll start with this year’s riskiest gift of the season. While the popularity of hoverboards took off this summer, it wasn’t until recently that the threat of spontaneous combustion became a factor. Since Dec. 1, thousands of the hands-free scooters have been recalled as more and more tales of hoverboards unexpectedly catching fire were reported.
Sure, the concept of a fluttery doll spinning into the air before gracefully gliding back down to Earth sounds like a good idea. However, it turns out kids don’t always use toys as intended. When you consider that Sky Dancers are basically projectile missiles with colorful wings, you start to see where things could go wrong. The flying fairies were ultimately recalled in 2000 after more than 170 injuries were reported.
CSI: Fingerprint Examination
For a lot of kids, the idea of searching for fingerprints using the CSI: Fingerprint Examination Kit sounded like a pretty fun activity. And it probably would have been if the kit didn’t include a powder that contained up to five percent asbestos. In 2007, the toy’s maker, CBS Consumer Products, was hit with a civil action suit by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, and the kit was eventually removed from store shelves.
Hey, remember when throwing large darts with sharp metal tips near other people sounded like a good idea? Lawn darts, which combined the games of horseshoes and darts, seemed appealing until it resulted in three deaths and was outlawed in the U.S. by the Consumer Products Safety Commission. The ban was reissued in 1997 when the darts were credited with causing a child’s brain injury.
Magnetix offered kids a chance to build and create their own designs by using various size plastic pieces that connected using magnets. Unfortunately, the plastic shells were easily broken, allowing young children access to the magnets inside. When the magnets were swallowed, as small children are prone to do, they caused some serious internal damage. In 2006, the sets were recalled after 34 incidents, including the death of a 20-month-old boy, were reported.
Snacktime Cabbage Patch Doll
There are plenty of dolls on the market, but very few have been known to bite down on a child’s finger. Snacktime Cabbage Patch Dolls were a major seller in the fall of 1996, but were recalled a year later after reports of children getting their finger and hair stuck in the dolls’ mechanical mouth. While Mattel sold more than 500,000 dolls in only three months, the snacktime line was discontinued in Jan. 1997.
Slip n’ Slides
We’ve all probably found ourselves careening down the wet rubber of a slip n’ slide at least once in our lives, right? If so, looks like we were taking our lives into our own hands. The Consumer Production Safety Commission issued a warning in 1993 strongly urging adults and teenagers to stay clear of WHAM-O backyard water slides after several serious spinal injuries, including the paralysis of a 13-year-old, were reported.
“Gun Fighter” Toy Cork Gun
Turns out a Red Ryder BB Gun isn’t the only thing kids can shoot their eyes out with. In 1977, the “Gun Fighter” Toy Cork Gun was a hot item, but was quickly proven to be dangerous if kids removed the muzzle and plastic caps covering the gun’s barrel. A recall on the guns was issued in 1979 after a young boy suffered an eye injury from being struck by the exposed metal rod.
Easy Bake Ovens
Easy Bake Ovens are probably one of the most famous toys to ever be produced, but they’re also one of the most notorious when it comes to injury reports. A new model of the classic toy oven was recalled in 2007 after dozens of children received second and third-degree burns from getting their fingers or hands stuck in the toy. According to the Consumer Production Safety Commission, one child’s burn was so severe that it resulted in a partial finger amputation.
Sky Rangers Park Flyer Radio Control Airplanes
In 2007, Sky Rangers remote control airplanes made the wishlists of children looking for something fun to do outside. However, the planes were known to explode and and posed some pretty serious health risks. Overall, 45 reports of the toy, which was launched by hand, exploding were filed. Injuries included ear pain, minor burns, eye injuries and cuts.
Yo-Yo Water Balls
Yo-Yo Water Balls sound simple enough. They consisted of a squishy ball attached to a cord made of a stretch material that allowed children to squeeze and sling the toy. However, the cord soon proved to be a strangulation hazard for young children after 186 reports were filed. While the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) elected not to issue a recall, several major retailers removed the toys from their shelves out of concern.
Based on the information from Amber Sutton and Law360, I would recommend that parents of young children be extremely careful if any of these toys are in their home. The same recommendations also apply for older children who may have these toys.
Sources: ALc.om and Law360.com
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