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Use Caution When Passing Old Toys on to Kids

By Alpert Schreyer on October 7, 2011

Old toysMany people save their old toys in the hopes that they can pass them down to their children someday. While this is a nice sentiment, parents should be careful when allowing their kids to play with old toys. The safety standards in place several decades ago were not as strict as the safety standards in place today. The following are some examples of the top dangerous toys from the past.

The Spark Gun
The Spark Gun appealed to kids because it shot real sparks. Unfortunately, those sparks increase the risk for burn injuries and house fires.

Cabbage Patch Snacktime Kids
This addition to the popular Cabbage Patch Kids franchise allowed kids to feed the doll plastic vegetables. Instead of eating their vegetables, more than 30 of the dolls chomped on kids’ fingers and hair.

Creepy Crawlers
Creepy Crawlers appealed to kids who loved insects and other creepy crawly things. The product consisted of a small oven and hot metal plates, which allowed kids to bake their own plastic insects. The oven and plates caused several burns.

Atomic Energy Lab
Atomic Energy Lab was perfect for kids who had an interest in science. Unfortunately, it also came with uranium ore, making it too dangerous to keep on the market.

Clackers
Clackers consisted of glass balls attached to a piece of rope. The rope sometimes broke the glass balls, causing them to shatter. Shattering glass can cause cuts, lacerations, and other injuries.

Just because we have more stringent safety standards today does not mean parents do not have to worry about the safety of their children’s toys. Several toy manufacturers have recalled their products recently, sparking increased awareness of toy safety. If your child suffered a serious injury as the result of playing with a defective toy, the Waldorf personal injury lawyers at Alpert Schreyer can help you get the justice you deserve. We will work hard at every step of your case and make sure your rights are protected. Schedule a free and confidential review of your case by calling (301) 932-9997 or toll free at (800) 301-7172.

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