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10 Classic Toys That Could Kill You

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Snacktime Cabbage Patch Kids
The Cabbage Patch Kids Snacktime Kids just didn’t know when to quit. Children's fingers and hair were fair game as well as plastic french fries. © Brooks Kraft/Sygma/Corbis
The Cabbage Patch Kids Snacktime Kids just didn’t know when to quit. Children's fingers and hair were fair game as well as plastic french fries. © Brooks Kraft/Sygma/Corbis

Cabbage Patch dolls, those iconic '80s toys that came with their own adoption certificates and famously squishy bodies, seemed so harmless. And they probably were until the Cabbage Patch Kids Snacktime Kids dolls rolled off the assembly line.

The Snacktime Kids dolls featured battery-powered mechanical jaws designed to mimic "real chewing action" when they were fed some plastic food. Unfortunately, the dolls didn't stop chewing, even when the "snack" was a child's finger or hair. One little girl even had to be freed by rescue workers after her hair became so entangled that her parents called 911. Although Mattel, the doll's manufacturer, and the CPSC said they found no serious safety hazard associated with the toy, Mattel decided to offer $40 refunds and entered into a voluntary recall in 1997 [sources: CPSC, New York Times].