Law Offices of Paul Levin (CTLaw) - Q2 2019

Don’t Play With These Toys!


Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab This is an old example, but it’s absurd by today’s standards, so we can’t go without mentioning it. Marketed as an educational toy for children interested in chemistry, this 1950s toy laboratory kit contained four actual uranium ore samples. Even though this was

There are plenty of toys on the market that can entertain your kids and even help them develop mentally, emotionally, and socially. Unfortunately, some toys can have dangerous, or even fatal, elements in their design that can harm children during the most vulnerable stages of their lives. Despite increasingly thorough regulations, dangerous children’s toys still sometimes slip through the cracks. Here are a few of the most infamous examples. Magnetix Magnets can be fun for children interested in science but only beyond a certain age. Magnetix were released in the mid-2000s, and 4 million kits were recalled a few years later. One child died and 28 others were seriously injured after swallowing the tiny magnetic pieces. This happened because magnets don’t pass through the digestive system like other objects. They bunch together and block intestinal movement, causing serious injuries when swallowed. Snacktime Cabbage Patch Doll This doll was the hot-ticket item of its time, and it would use its mechanical jaws to eat the plastic fries and carrots that were fed to it. Unfortunately, there was no off switch and no mechanism to differentiate between the doll’s plastic snacks and the fingers and hair of small children. After several injuries, Mattel offered a $40 refund to each of the 500,000 owners of this dangerous little doll.

six decades ago, during a time when children were regularly exposed to lead and asbestos, it’s a mystery how this toy made it to store shelves.

If you purchase a toy for your child that ends up being defective or harming them, The Law Offices of Paul Levin can help you get the compensation you deserve. Give our offices a call today.




Nothing feels more paleo-appropriate than digging into a giant rack of beef ribs. This largely hands-off recipe requires plenty of hands-on eating, making you feel like one of our cave-dwelling ancestors.

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• 1 5-lb. rack of beef ribs • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste


to the young and old alike.

1. Heat a charcoal, wood-burning, or gas grill to medium-high. Once heated, move heat source to one side or turn off half of the burners to create an indirect heat zone. 2. Season ribs with salt and pepper and char on the hotter side of the grill, turning occasionally, for 12–15 minutes. Once charred, transfer to the other side of grill and cook until the thickest part of the rib reaches 130 F, about 2 1/2–3 hours. 3. Let meat rest for 15 minutes. If desired, serve alongside grilled veggies.


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