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The Real Reason Lawn Darts Became The Most Infamous Toy In History

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Lawn darts were a big part of our childhood, but now they are really hard to find - at least the kind we remember. Rumors have always been swirling about why the popular toy was banned, with some people saying that it was actually because a child died.

It's hard to believe that a children's toy would have been made if it could harm a child, so a lot of people just push this rumor aside as merely a scare tactic. However, it is actually true.

The FDA had banned the sale of lawn darts as a toy in 1976, but because of a loophole in the system they could still sell them to adults. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said that they weren't allowed to be in the toy sections of stores, but as long as they had a warning on the box that it was intended for adults it could be sold at sporting goods stores.

In 1987, David Snow started a campaign to end the sale of lawn darts after his own 7-year-old daughter, Michelle, died when a dart penetrated her skull.

He criticized the guidelines, saying that they weren't strict enough. "We’re talking a three-foot high box with a little tiny warning. I mean, there’s something in that box that can be fatal. That’s what my anger is — because I know what happened, I didn’t see the warning and my child is now dead. Because if I had seen that warning, I would have never brought this product home."

After the campaign gained some traction, the government had to react...

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