Monday, January 11, 2010

Just when you thought it was safe to buy kids toys

Kids jewelry from China found to contain high levels of cadmium. I remember as a kid a lot of our toys were made of plastics and the cheap ones were made in Japan from tin but a friend had some of his dad's old toys made from solid lead. He had some trucks and soldiers that were well, heavy as lead. Painted with lead paint of course. Makes me wonder what kind of damage that did to kids back when I was growing up.
toxic toys

I need to look back and see what other toys I played with that would kill you today. I know there was asbestos in the clay we played with and of course the chemistry sets we played with without knowing what we were doing.


MRMacrum said...

There is always some new hazard on our horizon. And old ones we wonder why they did not not affect us personally.

I remember playing in the fog of DDT just after it was sprayed. I remember using clumps of asbestos pipe insulation as weapons in mock battles with other kids. I don't remember eating lead paint, but then I probably did. And what of all of those toys no one even cared if they were a choking hazard or not.

Life's a crap shoot from the day we are born I guess.

Holte Ender said...

Young kids are the most protected Americans of all time. Toys are always being recalled, no harmful paint fumes, sunblock for kids (don't remember ever using any as a child, but I do now), seatbelts and secure baby seats for cars, the list goes on. Perhaps we are bringing up a generation that will do wonderful things for their kids in return.

Demeur said...

Maybe that's why we have people like George W and Rush Limbaugh today. They didn't play with the stuff long enough to kill em.

Tom Harper said...

Lead, asbestos -- it's a wonder we all survived. As MRMacrum said, life's a crapshoot.

an average patriot said...

Funny but I did a story in part on this after China became the number one exporter but I haven't posted it yet. All tainted crap can you believe it?

Radioactive drywall, poisoned meats of every sort in our largest chains, toothpaste, fish, poison laced milk dog food, children jewelry, toys, automobile’s, steel, latest millions and millions of tire stems for cars and due to this defect, motorists cannot fill their tires with air, leading to wear on the car, accidents and so far one death!

Are they destroying us from within? Not just us the rest of the so called civilized world that uses their tainted products. I refuse to believe there is not a process in place where they have to list the ingredients before they can sell a product in our country.

Four Dinners said...

I think I had some lead soldiers as a kid.

This may explain a lot...;-)

BBC said...

and the cheap ones were made in Japan from tin but a friend had some of his dad's old toys made from solid lead.

Tin cans that came from this country, as often as not if you tore them apart the labels were still on the inside.

I grew up (mostly) in a lead and zinc mining area and I seem to have come through it okay.

I think....

At least I have a damn high IQ, not that it impresses me any.

BBC said...

I don't know what the big deal is with saving kids anyway, it's not like many of them go on to be useful members of society.

I'd just as soon see larger numbers of them dying off before they destroy the planet.

BBC said...

Actually, it would benefit the planet if my overly consuming kids would die.

S.W. Anderson said...

As a kid I had three or four sets of lead soldiers, just like those in the photo, along with several cannons and such. Mom told me to never put them in my mouth or put my fingers in my mouth when playing with them, but she said that about everything I played with. :)

As I'm sure you know, Demeur, cadmium is several orders of magnitude more dangerous than lead, especially for kids.

I don't know what it's going to take, but one of these days a lightbulb is going to on above someone's head in Washington, and we're going to have a ban on the importation of Chinese toys and other products for children. No guarantees, but that's probably our best hope of getting through to some very ignorant and/or blinded-by-greed Chinese business people they've finally gone too far, and it's going to cost them.

Maybe if a whole bunch of kids wind up in hospitals or dead, that lightbulb will finally go on.

Ironically, if you were to own a tiny corner tavern anywhere in America and get caught cutting your booze with wood alcohol, trying to make a few extra bucks, you'd be jailed for criminal negligence and/or manslaughter, lose your liquor license and spend 12 to 20 year years behind bars, at least. Yet Chinese business people can send us trinkets with as much as 91 percent cadmium content to maybe give cancer to our kids, and about all that happens is some bad publicity and a few recalls.

What's wrong with this picture?

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Randal Graves said...

Stuff like this is why I demand that my child's toys are made out of plutonium. What kid wouldn't love powers like Spider-Man?

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