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Dangers Lurk in the Toy Aisle: Uranium & 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 21, 2012


ST. PAUL, Minn. - Many parents across the state will be rushing to the stores this weekend to wrap up their Christmas shopping for the kids, but not all is free from danger in the toy aisle.

Kathleen Schuler is co-director at Healthy Legacy. She says one thing to be wary of is cheap jewelry for older children.

"There has been lead or cadmium found in some of the cheap jewelry that is sold for kids. And older kids wouldn't put things in their mouths, but maybe the little brother or sister would."

One rather new hazard - products made with high-powered magnets. They're marketed toward adults, but small children often get their hands on them and if swallowed they can stick together in the stomach or intestine, causing perforations and pinching.

Popular toys that are less than safe are, of course, nothing new. The American Association for Justice has put out a list of the "10 Most Dangerous Toys of All Time," and attorney Rob Shively notes that the dangers today are not always that obvious.

"In fact, it probably happens with as much 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."

Among the toys on the most dangerous list - a crime scene lab made with asbestos, an atomic energy lab that actually contained uranium, and the well-known backyard game of lawn darts.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN