8 Classic Toys That Come With Considerable Safety Concerns

Aqua Dots:

Aqua Dots, a 2007 toy allowing kids to create designs with water, unexpectedly released GHB when ingested, causing three children to fall into comas.

Atomic Laboratory Kits:

A relic of the '60s, the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab contained actual uranium ore, marketed for kids to learn about atomic energy. Unthinkable today, it highlights past safety standards.

Barbie and Tanner:

In 2007, Barbie's Tanner pup toy featured a magnetic scooper for pretend feeding. Accidentally swallowed magnets could lead to dangerous intestinal blockage or perforation.


Despite not being intended for children, Buckyballs magnets became popular toys in 2009. Due to ingestion risks, the CPSC recalled them in 2012 after numerous ER visits.


These '70s toys were known for their loud clacking noise and were made of acrylic balls that could shatter, posing a serious risk of eye and facial injuries, prompting their removal from the market.

Easy-Bake Oven:

Hasbro's classic toy oven underwent two recalls in 2007 after children suffered burns and one had a finger partially amputated. It has since been redesigned with a safer electric heating element.

Fidget Spinners:

The 2017 fad swept classrooms but posed choking hazards due to small parts breaking off. Both branded and knock-off versions were scrutinized for safety concerns, affecting their popularity.


These battery-powered gadgets were all the rage in 2015 but faced scrutiny for fire hazards. Overheating batteries caused numerous incidents, including a tragic house fire resulting in a child's death.