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  • Toy recalls not only cost the manufacturer millions of dollars but children and families are also at risk in regard to safety. Continue reading to learn about 3 of the most dangerous toy recalls.
  • The Snacktime Cabbage Patch Kid was recalled due to the strength of the mechanic jaw used to feed the doll. Mattel lost $10 million in fourth-quarter revenue.
  • In the late 90s, the JARTS lawn game fatally wounded a 7-year-old girl due to the heavy metal tip at the end of the darts. Another 7,000 injuries were reported.
  • In November of 2007, the CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit included a powder used for fingerprinting that contained 5% asbestos. The toy was left on shelves for another month.

Receiving a new toy is very exciting, both for a child and an adult. The smile displayed on someone’s face as they hold a brand new electronic, or stuffed toy is priceless. However, when that smile turns into a frown due to an unfortunate mishap, the excitement disappears.

Toy recalls are no joke. Many of them have been banned from stores and taken off the production line because of the harm they incur. Below are 3 of the most dangerous toys that had to be recalled.

#1: Snacktime Cabbage Patch Kid

The chewing mechanism implemented with the Snacktime Cabbage Patch Kid allowed children to feed play-food to their new best friend. Mattel had to ban their latest toy in 1997 when it’s “real chewing action” starting chomping on children’s fingers and hair.

The strength of the motor within the doll’s jaw was very powerful. Stories of parents having to cut their children’s hair before any real damage ensued littered the newsreels. The Cabbage Patch Kids line of products retained their popularity, but this small blip cost Mattel $10 million in lost sales during its fourth-quarter.

#2: JARTS

Although JARTS lawn darts metal tips were not particularly sharp, they were very heavily weighted. Advertised as more of an adult toy, these lawn darts were enjoyed by kids everywhere. But after 7,000 injuries were reported, the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the toys in December 1988.

In one devastating story, a 7-year-old girl was impaled by one of the darts while she was playing with her dolls outside. Her older brother and his friends discovered the JARTS set and had thrown one of the darts high into the air only to have it land on his sister’s head with 23,000 pounds of pressure. She was pronounced dead 3 days later.

 #3: The CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit

Toys fashioned after famous TV shows or movies usually sell pretty well. The CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit made by CBS Consumer Products was no exception. The toy allowed children to mimic TV crime investigators by discovering fingerprints using the kit’s special white powder.

However, the powder came under heavy scrutiny in November 2007 when it was discovered that it contained 5% asbestos. The toy-maker decided to leave the kits on the shelves for another month in order to capitalize on the Christmas holiday.

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization wasted no time and filed a civil action to stop the sales of the product immediately.