Wow, are we stupid

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

I fully believe that you should have to pass an IQ test before being allowed to breed:

"4.4 million Polly Pocket toys recalled after kids swallow magnets
Associated Press Posted November 21 2006, 5:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON -- Mattel Inc. is recalling 4.4 million Polly Pocket magnetic play sets after three children were hospitalized with serious injuries from swallowing tiny magnets that fell off the toys, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Tuesday. As the holiday gift-buying season approaches, the commission is urging shoppers to avoid buying toy sets with small magnets for children under age 6. Gift buyers also should check the toy labels, select age-appropriate toys and avoid gifts with sharp edges and small parts.

In 2005, there were 20 toy-related deaths and 152,400 toy-related injuries involving children under age 15. The majority of injuries were sustained from riding toys."

It never ceases to amaze me how idiotic Americans are. You give your small child a very small toy, with very small parts, then let them play with it unsupervised, and then feel justified in complaining (and possibly suing) the company because your child did what kids do and put that very small toy in his mouth and choked on it? Seriously; does everyone lose any shread of common sense the second they procreate? The company should not have to recall the toys- you should have your children taken away, since obviously you don't know how to care for them (or don't want to).

On another note- Happy Turkey Day, everyone! And, please parents, keep any turkey bones (or anything else your kid may choke on) out of their reach.


Ricardo 11/22/2006 02:34:00 PM  

Happy turkey day. Unfortunately many parents, but not all, feel that everyone but them has to take care of their kids. That includes everything from toys to what's on TV. Terrible.

Johnny Menace 11/24/2006 08:02:00 PM  

one of those kids was Webster by the way.

niels 11/26/2006 02:24:00 AM  

I remember reading this great study a while back wherein the authors discovered that swallowing a single magnet is no big deal at all. However, if you swallow multiple magnets then they get stuck to each other across curves of your intestines and then you're in quite a bit of trouble indeed.

Eric 11/26/2006 09:24:00 AM  

No one seems to be responsible for their own actions anymore. Everyone passes blame, it's a bit frustrating.

nicole 11/28/2006 08:09:00 PM  

I just want to know why there weren't more child toy-related lawsuits when we were kids. Was it because our parents had too much sense to give us small toys or too much sense to go to court every five minutes.

Oh, Happy Mega-Belated Turkey Day!

Anonymous,  11/29/2006 02:14:00 AM  

Ricardo has it exactly right. I think it's a combination of this and the Americans' passion for suing everyone. And I'm cynical, so I can't help but wonder whether in many cases the lawsuits were motivated by a monetary reward as much as indignation.

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