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. The accompanying report notes that the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls millions of toys each year because of health hazards, and the agency is stretched too thin to catch everything. Rob Shively with the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association says dangers today are not as obvious.
Shively says while some of the toys on the list are from days gone by, there are newer examples.
Those magnets were in Magnetix building sets – and 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 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, as well as an atomic energy lab that contained radioactive materials.