Refund for Toys Containing Asbestos
Toys based on the hit TV series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” have been found to contain asbestos and consumers are eligible for a refund, reports The Wall Street Journal. However, the refunds won’t be coming from the manufacturer, Planet Toys Inc. — they filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in March. The retailers who sold the toys, such a Toys ‘R Us, CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Kmart, will be the ones who pay the refunds.
A class action lawsuit was filed against the company in May 2008, by parents who claimed the CSI toys contained the deadly asbestos. It’s the special fingerprint powder included in the $30 Fingerprint Examination Kit and the $30 Forensic Lab Kit that contains asbestos. It’s not known how many kits are still being used by children, exposing them to serious health problems in the future.
A spokesman representing the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization states it is very important to get these toys out of the house immediately. Since asbestos related diseases take time to manifest, there is no way to know what damage has been done to those who have come in contact with these toys. The ADAO commissioned the original study that found asbestos in the toys.
Asbestos is a mineral that causes lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma (commonly called asbestos cancer).