It’s not all teddy bears and slinkies. From potentially perilous lawn darts to chemistry sets that emit radiation, companies have released some downright dangerous playthings
This week, the government ordered a halt to the sale of Buckyballs, powerful magnetic toys that, if swallowed, can pinch or trap intestines. It’s not the first time that a company has released a potentially perilous product on the market.
Lawn darts are oversized darts that, much like horseshoes, are thrown at a target set up on your lawn. The toys have been banned for some time, because the metal-tipped projectiles “could embed themselves in your little sister’s head just as easily as the lawn,” says Jack Loftus at Gizmodo.
Also known as a “Thingmaker,” Creepy Crawlers were first introduced in the 1960s. While modern iterations of the toy (such as the ToyMax model seen here) advertise stricter safety regulations, older versions featured highly toxic liquid plastic that was poured into metal molds, which were then heated on a powerful hot plate and cooled — creating rubbery, insect-like shapes.
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