What were they thinking?! Most dangerous toys from the past revealed

A list of the most dangerous U.S. toys from history has been released by injury experts at leading accident injury law office GJEL Accident Attorneys.

The release follows recent data that has once again revealed non-motorised scooters as the most dangerous modern toy in the States, responsible for 41,700 emergency department-treated injuries last year.

Dangerous toys from the last century include:

  1. Lawn Darts – Launched in 1970 the weighted, 12-inch darts were responsible for sending 6,100 people to the emergency room over an eight-year period, 81 percent of which were 15 years old or younger. They were banned in 1988.
  2. The Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab – Debuting in 1950, the set contained four kinds of uranium ore as well as radiation sources, and was discontinued by 1952.
  3. Swing Wing – Hitting shelves in 1965, the Swing Wing was similar to a Hula Hoop except that it was worn on the head, resulting in spinal injuries and worse. The product was recalled soon after it hit the shelves.
  4. The Austin Magic Pistol – Sold in the 1940s, the chemically reactive gun shot ping pong balls; however, it was prone to explode. The toy is classified as a firearm in some U.S. states and was banned shortly after launching.
  5. Klackers – Launched in 1968, Klackers consisted of two glass balls on a string that were ‘clacked’ together – often leading to the glass shattering. By 1976, the Consumer Product Safety Commission declared them a ‘mechanical hazard’ and they were banned.

An estimated 198,000 toy-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2020, with boys accounting for 57% of the injuries.

Non-motorised scooters were found to be the most dangerous toys, followed by balls, then rubber balls, according to U.S. government data from 2017 to 2020.

GJEL Accident Attorneys has created a guide for parents on how to avoid common toy-related injuries this Christmas, which can be accessed here.






About Tessa Clayton

A former Chief Sub of Red magazine, Tessa Clayton is the Digital Editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. As a freelance journalist she specialised in writing about parenting and family life, and has contributed to a wide variety of publications and websites including Tesco online, Mother & Baby, Livingetc, Junior, Boots Health & Beauty, Practical Parenting and babycentre.co.uk. Get in touch at tessa.clayton@biz-media.co.uk

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