The 1980s brought us such cultural tragedies as big hair, glam metal, and an entire decade of neo-conservative government rule. It also provided kids with some life-threatening toys (surprisingly, they weren’t GI Joe action figures). All things considered though, the 80s were relatively quiet in terms of dangerous toys (the days of having fun with radiation were thankfully long past). Still, the decade had its fair share of clunkers, with the following 6 representing the most head-scratching instances of child endangerment toy manufacturers could produce.
6. The Pogo-Ball
Anyone who’s ever tried to balance themselves on a ball probably found out pretty quickly that doing so was a good way to get your face acquainted with the pavement. Hasbro, taking this concept to heart, decided to take an already dangerous toy concept— the pogo stick — and attach a ball to the bottom while getting rid of the handlebars. Now, the Pogo-Ball wasn’t inherently dangerous, but the overall lack of control afforded to the user led to some pretty significant injuries and broken items when used indoors.