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Do your child's crayons pose risk for asbestosis?

Hundreds of thousands of private settlements have been made over product liability claims related to asbestos. Before discovering the dangerous effects of asbestos exposure, the material was typically used in the construction industry. However, asbestos can still be found in various odd objects today, such as your children's coloring crayons.

Tests from this year found that green Playskool crayons contain asbestos fibers.

But, this is not completely out of the ordinary. Popular kids brands, such as Disney and Nickelodeon, have put crayons that contained small amounts of asbestos in stores in years as recent as 2015.

Are these products hurting our kids?

Maybe not. There is no research to suggest that the trace amounts of the substance in crayons causes children harm.

Back in 2000, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) tested crayons containing similar trace amounts of asbestos and claimed that the amount was "scientifically insignificant," meaning there was not enough of the substance to put children at risk for asbestos-related diseases.

Others argue that children who have been known to eat crayons may not be accounted for in these studies.

However, because asbestos-related diseases, such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer, typically develop from continually breathing in asbestos, eating crayons that contain insignificant amounts of the substance may not have an impact.

What are the signs of asbestos exposure?

Signs of asbestos exposure may include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Ongoing dry cough
  • Enlarged finger tips
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tight chest or chest pains

Asbestos may also be present in homes or schools built before 1980. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, contact an attorney for help. Even if your asbestos-related condition has taken decades to manifest, an experienced products liability attorney can help you pursue your legal options.

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