The Most Dangerous Toys Ever; SEEMED Like A Good Idea At The Time PART 2
Continuing a look at toys we may have loved but were considered so dangerous, they were recalled or banned over safety concerns.
The list is so long and more could have been included but continuing with another ten dangerous toys over the years that have been nixed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission according to Good Housekeeping.
Many of these are still available online through collectors, sold by ebay or on Amazon as new safer versions but this compilation is sure to spark some memories.
Most Dangerous Toys Part 2
Magnetix was a magnetic building kit toy that ran into trouble about 15 years ago when the little magnetic balls were breaking off and children were swallowing them. There are reports one youngster died and about 30 injuries resulted. Millions of sets were recalled but a safer version is sold today.
#2 Polly Pockets with Quick Click
Magnets! It's always a problem with the magnets. Mattel had to recall over 7 million of the Polly Pocket Quick Click sets in 2004 when the magnets that connected Polly's fashion accessories started falling off, presenting a choking hazard.
#3 Rollerbalde Barbie
Ken thought Barbie was hot but this 90's version of Barbie was hot, literally! There was a device in Barbie's skates that emitted sparks when rolled over a flat surface that could ignite a fire on anything flammable! Why isn't Ken wearing a helmet or kneepads like Barbie? He was either too manly or self conscious to don the safety gear I guess?
#4 Sky Dancers
Pull the cord and Sky Dancers spin into the air like a helicopter with spinning wings at 1,000's of RPM's What could go wrong around little children? Well, after about 150 eye injuries alone, the manufacturer recalled about 9 million Sky Dancers in 2000 according to CNN. I remember my daughter was delighted to receive her Sky Dancer but it was the kind of toy that an adult had to operate for most kids that would enjoy it.
#5 Slip N' Slides
The Slip N' Slide is great if you're a kid. NOT so great if you are an adult because the size and weight of an adult contributed to whiplash and spinal cord injuries. But it was such an enticing activity on a summer day, plenty of adults ignored the Consumer Product Safety Commission warnings and were severely injured. WHAM-O recalled some 9 million Slip N' Slides in 1999. Slip N' Slide is still sold today at retailers and online but best enjoyed by kids.
#6 Snacktime Cabbage Patch Doll
Kids could feed their Snacktime Cabbage Patch Doll plastic snacks like celery, carrot or pretzel sticks but the working jaws could clamp down on anything placed inside including little fingers or hair. Ouch! Mattel ended up giving $40 refunds to roughly a half million purchasers.
#7 Toy Crossbow
I found many of these for sale on Amazon and even China has cracked down on them. Remember our parents saying "You'll put an eye out with that" This doesn't even look like a toy and probably should be categorized with the sling shot?
#8 Toy Guns
How many of Baby Boomers had a photo taken in this get up? I remember having cap guns in the 60's that smashed small powder packets stamped onto a red ribbon that actually exploded. But that was nothing compared to the Austin Magic Pistol in the 50's It had magic crystals to propel the ping pong ball cartridges. The problem? The "magic crystals" were calcium carbide which would explode if they got wet--oops!
Certainly this youngster looks a little too young to be playing with a slingshot. There are toy versions and more sophisticated models for sports and hunting use. In 2006, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recall was ordered on 100,000 toy models because of serious facial injuries.
Trampoline design has improved and there are obvious flaws as shown in the picture you would avoid when using older models. Today, most backyard models have the suspension covered and safety netting as well. With the rise in popularity, there has been an increase in injuries, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Also a good idea to check you homeowners insurance policy to see how trampoline coverage is addressed.
So there you go. Many of these toys were recalled because they presented a danger at one time but are still on the market and available today with safety modifications or safety labeling.
As always, supervise your children and be vigilant when purchasing toys because we here about recalls in the news every day.