Gone are the days where parents could put complete trust in toy companies. Looks like consumers are better off using their own judgement and instincts.
A video by YouTube channel Wacky Wednesday compiles a list of 10 of the most dangerous toys ever banned. At first you might laugh at how ridiculous the toy concepts are... then you'll be taken aback at just how dangerous they actually were.
There are 10 listed here, but we don't have a problem with #2.
10. Snack Time Kid
Cabbage Patch kids were all the rage, but manufacturers went too far with the Snack Time Kid. The doll's motorized jaw was designed to eat plastic toys. Unfortunately, it also chewed on children's little fingers and hair. Ouch.
Mattel was forced to remove the toy.
9. Matador Barbie
Seems like there's always a different Barbie popping up with a new job. The company doesn't always get it right, though.
In 1999, Matador Barbie came on the scene. A campaign, headed by actress Alicia Silverstone, called for that particular doll to be removed citing its promotion of the sport that has bulls being taunted before being slaughtered.
After one year, Matador Barbie was taken off shelves.
8. Lawn Darts
Who thought it was a good idea to mix solid metal with sharp darts and throw them in the lawn when people are around? Doesn't sound like a safe game at all.
After 7000 injuries and 3 deaths since 1970, the deadly weapons were finally banned in 1988. Phew.
7. Sky Dancers
At first glance, these pretty, little fairies seem like a child's dream toy. The idea was that with a pull of the cord, the pixies would fly up into the air, extend their arms and descend gracefully.
That didn't happen. The mechanism was unpredictable and would often send the hard, pointy plastic dolls spinning fiercely to the ground.
Before the toy was recalled and amended, it caused 100 injuries including broken teeth, temporary blindness, lacerated faces and at least one concussion.
In 2007, Bindeez were voted Australia's #1 toy. When the small plastic dots were sprayed with water, they'd fuse together to create fun designs.
Everything was ruined though when a manufacturing company in China substituted one chemical component for a cheaper one.
When swallowed, the component (GHB) acted as an intoxicant, sedative and stimulant. 9 kids were hospitalized.
5. CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit
It was a top-selling holiday gift in 2007 and parents felt good about giving their children a science-based toy. So you can imagine their shock to learn that the fingerprint dust contained industrial grade asbestos. Especially since a single exposure can lead to lung cancer.
CBS officials were criticized for offering a "quiet" recall to avoid bad publicity.
4. Austin Magic Pistol
Many parents are against buying their children toy guns because they simulate real violence. One popular toy gun in the late 1940s could actually inflict violence.
When calcium carbide is mixed with water, it creates an explosive reaction. This was used to propel ping pong balls out of the gun at an extreme speed.
It didn't take long before these guns were taken off the market.
Although the U.K. is known to be a bit lax in terms of game censorship, one in particular went beyond what even they considered acceptable.
The rewards in this car game were based on how many "innocent" bystanders the player could "waste" and turn into minced meat.
Once the game was recalled, the designers changed the humans into zombies and turned their blood green. Within 10 months, the game was back on shelves.
2. All Simpsons Toys
Disapproving of The Simpsons' so-called "self-centered and irreligious attitudes," in 2012, Iran banned all Simpsons toys as a means to combat Western intoxication.
Barbie had been previously targeted by the country which led to raids and arrests on shops that sold the toy.
1. Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab
Can you imagine giving a child a toy with radioactive material these days? You'd likely make international news.
Not in the 1950s though. One popular toy provided samples of uraniam ore, alpha, beta, and gama particles.
In 1951, the game was removed with fears that people would swallow the samples.
Here are the 10 banned toys in video.
What were they thinking?