Wyoming parents are being encouraged to do some detective work and check their homes for toys marketed under the name of the C-S-I television series. Two children's detective kits have been found to be contaminated with asbestos, and the toy manufacturer, Planet Toys, has settled a lawsuit that entitles families to a refund.
Victoria Ni with Public Justice says they filed a class action lawsuit when testing showed that tremolite, a type of asbestos, was in the toys.
The toys were sold in Wyoming by Toys "R" Us, Walgreens, and K-Mart, and through online shopping sites such as Amazon.com and Buy.com. Ni says while getting the toys out of kids' hands is the number-one priority, parents should also realize they have a right to a refund.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists exposure to asbestos as a cause of lung damage and cancer. Ni says asbestos has been confirmed in the fingerprint powder in the "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Fingerprint Examination Kit" and the "CSI Crime Scene Investigation Forensic Lab Kit." The toy manufacturer denies that asbestos was in the kits, and settled the lawsuit without admitting any wrongdoing. Parents can learn how to safely dispose of the toys and get refunds at www.csitoyssettlement.com