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"Most Dangerous Toys of All Time" Contain Uranium and Asbestos

PHOTO: Lawn darts made the list of the "10 Most Dangerous Toys of All Time" from the American Association for Justice. Courtesy of AAJ.
PHOTO: Lawn darts made the list of the "10 Most Dangerous Toys of All Time" from the American Association for Justice. Courtesy of AAJ.
December 13, 2012

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A blowtorch, asbestos and uranium. Children's toys with those features or ingredients are on a new list of the "10 Most Dangerous Toys of All Time" from the American Association for Justice (AAJ). The accompanying report notes that the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls millions of toys each year because of health hazards, and warns that the agency is stretched too thin to catch everything.

Rob Shively is an AAJ member and attorney who says dangers today are not as obvious as they once were.

"In fact, it probably happens with as much or more frequency than before because so many of the components of those toys are manufactured overseas, where - guess what? - there just aren't oversight and regulations."

Shively says while some of the toys on the list are from days gone by, such as lawn darts, there are newer examples.

"The CSI lab that had asbestos in it is a great example. We maybe even have some new hazards in these stronger rare-earth magnets."

The magnets were in Magnetix building sets. They fell out of the plastic pieces, leading to the death of one child, who swallowed several of the magnets, and injuries to dozens of other children. The toy is still available today under a new name - MagNext - and comes with a promise that the magnets don't dislodge from the pieces. A Cabbage Patch "chewing" doll that munched on children's hair and fingers is on the list, too, as well as an atomic energy lab that contained radioactive materials.

The complete list is at http://takejusticeback.com.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - AR