One would assume that when making a product for children, the safety and well-being of said children is of paramount concern. Disturbingly, that is not always the case. We’re not sure if people are stupid or ill-intentioned, but some toys that have actually made it to shelves just make you wonder what the professional qualifications for toy inventor and manufacturer are. Here to amuse and horrify you are 25 Most Dangerous Kids Toys Ever Made.
CSI: Fingerprint Examination Kit & CSI: Investigation Forensics Lab Kit
These “toys” were released in 2007. They unfortunately contained a form of asbestos as part of the fingerprint kit. Two questions: 1) HOW did that pass quality control? and 2) Who are these scores of children watching enough CSI – a show for adults – that they want a “murder investigation” toy? A class action settlement was reached in 2009.
These were a really cool concept – little beads that you could arrange in whatever shape, and then stick together permanently with just water. They were also, OBVIOUSLY, not a toy for 18 month old children, and had warnings on the package to indicate such. However, in 2007 some parents let their 18 month old son play with them. He ate them, which is where the real problem comes in. The glue contained a substance that when eaten turned in GHB, also known as the date rape drug. The little boy fell into a coma, and when he woke up, had brain damage. While obviously parents should always supervise and follow age recommendations on toys, a toy should NEVER contain a substance like that. Ever.
The Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab
This toy was released in 1950 by the same man who invented Erector sets (and a few other toys on this list). Atomic energy was all the rage in the 50’s, what with the US winning the Second Great War and all that jazz, but this toy perhaps took the excitement too far. It included actual live uranium ore. Three different kinds, in fact. But don’t worry, it also had a Geiger counter in case your child started to glow in the dark.
The Snacktime Cabbage Patch Doll
This doll would eat your hair and fingers. Literally. The “munching” toy had mechanical jaws that “chewed” and a one way roller that was activated, not by a switch, but by sticking one of the plastic “snacks” in it’s mouth. The doll could not differentiate between “Snacks” and “toddler fingers,” so you can imagine how that went.
Ah, trampolines. How fun are they? They’re also still wildly popular and…pretty dangerous. Yes, even if you have the net around them. In fact, if you have one, it’s considered enough of a risk that you have to inform your home owner’s insurance. The American Academy of pediatrics also advises against having them.
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