Frighteningly, CNN reported that traces of asbestos have been found in boxes of crayons and other children’s toys.
The news outlet reported that the EWG Action Fund found asbestos in 28 boxes of crayons and two crime lab toy kits. Keep in mind, asbestos exposure has been linked to lung disease, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Exposure can occur when asbestos particles are inhaled, when they are disturbed and become airborne.
The crayons identified to have asbestos were made in China and imported to the U.S.
“Affected crayon boxes included Amscan Crayons purchased at Party City as well as Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Crayons and Saban’s Power Rangers Super Megaforce boxes purchased at Dollar Tree,” CNN reported.
The crime lab kits that allegedly contained asbestos traces include the Edu Science Deluxe Forensics Lab Kit, which is sold by Toys R Us and the white fingerprint powder from the Inside Intelligence Secret Spy kit, which is sold by Amazon.
As of last week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was investigating the asbestos claims. To view the EWG report, which includes more details about brands, you can click here.
Retailers linked to the products released statements saying that they would study the issue, in addition to waiting for a government response about what to do.
The Dangers of Defective Toys
Unfortunately, each year, countless recalls are initiated involving children’s toys because of negligence by manufacturers. Children can suffer injuries from items that contain toxic materials, or lose fingers or choke on toys that are dangerous and/or may break easily.
If you have concerns about a product, you can visit the CPSC’s website and use its database to review any potential recall information. If a potentially dangerous product has harmed your child, you should report the issue to the agency and speak to our Atlantic City injury attorneys about your legal rights.
Pursuing a Lawsuit over a Defective Product
We can hold a manufacturer liable for producing a toy that was dangerous to the public. Your son or daughter should not have to struggle because a manufacturer did a poor job testing its products for safety hazards.
Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys