Let go my Lego, no really, let it go… Do you have older pieces kicking around the house from when you were a kid? Harmless right? Not according to a new British study. Researchers at the University of Plymouth tested 200 toys commonly found in homes, second-hand stores, and daycares for nine dangerous elements, including lead and cadmium. Lead in particular is dangerous when exposed to children as it can cause comas, convulsions, and possibly death, the World Health Organization notes.
Of the pieces tested, the red, yellow, and black plastic pieces were the worst offenders, especially those passed down from the 1970s and ’80s. “Toys in those days weren’t tested and now we’re using them,” Dr. Andrew Turner, author of the study, told the BBC.
Children worldwide spend five billion hours annually playing with Lego bricks, Lego reported in 2009, and, according to Fortune, approximately 100 million children play with them. And let’s face it, you don’t have to be a kid to play with Lego! Make sure they are safe. More information HERE.