I saw this list recently – the top 10 most dangerous toys of all time. Some of the toys on the list are downright jaw-droppingly dangerous and would make Irving Mainway proud. Take, for example, the CSI fingerprint kit made with asbestos dust, made as recently as 2007(!) Others, like the Hannah Montana card game laced with lead, are not as obvious.
What does this mean to you:
Always fill out and return the warranty cards that come with children’s products so you know when a recall happens and you can be up to date with the most current information.
Though we may not want to do it for every DVD player or blender we buy, take 30 seconds and fill out the warranty card so you are apprised of recalls as soon as they happen, especially for products that impact the safety of children.
One of my favorite SNL sketches from back in the day was Dan Aykroyd as Irwin Mainway on the show “Consumer Probe.” Mr. Mainway made toys for kids such as Johnny Switchblade, Bag O’ Glass (part of the very successful Bag O’ line), and Teddy Chainsaw Bear. Classic! The comedy lies in the fact that the danger in these kids products is patently obvious to everyone.
Though it is a pain, always fill out and return the warranty cards that come with products – especially children’s products – so you know when a recall happens. A recall can be critical evidence in proving a claim. Without a recall notice, you are relying on the goodness of Mr. Mainway’s heart to give you notice.