Asbestos-Containing Toy Prompts Lawsuit

California-based Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is suing CBS Corporation, a toy maker, and several retailers in regards to the sale of a toy based on a popular CBS show. The toy, the organization says, contained trace amounts of asbestos.

According to a Reuters article, the ADAO says that the toy, a crime-scene kit based on the series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” contained asbestos in a powder used to dust for fingerprints.

The manufacturer of the kits, Planet Toys Inc., removed them from the market last year because of pressure from the group but insists that multiple tests have shown no asbestos in the toy.

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, said tests showed that the kits’ fingerprint powder contained “substantial quantities of tremolite asbestos,” which it described as “one of the most lethal forms of asbestos.” Asbestos has been deemed a known human carcinogen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Exposure to the toxic mineral has been known to cause mesothelioma, an asbestos cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs.

ADAO wants Planet Toys to halt all sales of the toys unless they carry a hazardous material warning. In addition, the asbestos group believes the company should issue full refunds on any returned kits.

On its website, Planet Toys announced that it had issued a “stop sale” on all CSI fingerprint kits “until further information can be ascertained as to the discrepancy between our respective test findings.” Planet Toys has not commented on the lawsuit.

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