Lawn darts have a long history of causing serious and fatal injuries, mostly in young children.
In 1970, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) first tried to ban the metal-tipped projectiles, but settled with manufacturers who promised not to market or sell them as toys.
In 1988, the CPSC finally banned lawn darts after they were responsible for more than 6,000 emergency-room visits, but that hasn’t stopped some companies from selling lawn darts online.
On Wednesday, the CPSC and Crown Darts UK issued a recall for nearly 20,000 lawn darts sold on the company’s website from May 2004 to June 2020.
The lawn darts were sold in sets of four, eight and ten darts, each about a foot long (30 cm). The darts have polypropylene fins designed to be held at the tail, with a brass body ending in a stainless steel peg. The lawn darts were sold in assorted colors including red, blue, yellow, purple, pink, orange, ivory and green. The company’s logo is printed on the product.
The manufacturer is based in the U.K. and unable to conduct the recall. No injuries have been reported, but consumers are asked to destroy and dispose of the recalled darts.
The components should be thrown away to prevent further use. Don’t just hide them in the garage until the kids are a little older.