Lawn Darts / Jarts

While visiting my Uncle Joe last week in Chicago, I found the following hiding down in his basement.

In the 1980s, lots of people owned Lawn Darts. Also in the 1980s, lots of people had stories of being hit, or almost being hit, by lawn darts. Similar to horseshoes, the idea behind lawn darts was to throw them into the air and see how close you could get them to a target lying on the ground. Sooner or later, that target became your friends’ feet.

According to Wikipedia, the Consumer Product Safety Commission “banned lawn darts from sale in the United States due to their hazards as a flying projectile with a sharp metal point causing multiple deaths.” The following year, lawn darts were also banned in Canada.

A quick search of eBay turned up no Jarts or Lawn Darts, although occasionally I’ll run across a set for sale at a garage sale or an antique mall. If you’re looking for a set, bring cash. Since being banned Lawn Darts are somewhat difficult to find, and typically priced accordingly.

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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6 thoughts on “Lawn Darts / Jarts

  1. OlderGamer says:

    Javelin Darts? Anyway, Bucky Balls just joined the “some kid ruined it for the rest of us” list of awesome toys that people can’t have anymore.
    http://www.getbuckyballs.com/
    What other toys can you think of that been pulled for being “too dangerous” for (unsupervised) kids?
    *Boba Fett with the Rocket Launcher
    *Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider with spring loaded missiles
    *My oldest brother had some home kit for encasing things in clear plastic to make paperweights that was pulled supposedly because some kid got burned by the molten plastic. That’s right, parents. Hot things burn!

  2. TheSixMillionDollarJedi says:

    There should be a toy hall of fame dedicated to toys that were victims of political correctness.

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