A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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If they won’t build them right, ban them
Monday, 23 Nov, 2009 – 22:42 | Comments Off
If they won’t build them right, ban them

Here’s a great example of how we’ve improved products over the years to the point of making them heaping piles of junk.
The crib I slept in as babe decades ago now lives in my parents’ …

A SWAT for letting the big company skate
Thursday, 27 Aug, 2009 – 22:18 | Comments Off
A SWAT for letting the big company skate

Remember the big toy recall of two summers ago,when everything from Thomas trains to Dora campers disappeared from retailers’ shelves as plaything after plaything was recalled for violating lead standards?
Remember Congress’ uncharacteristic haste in the …

The latest recalls: Overalls and a backyard merry-go-round
Friday, 13 Jun, 2008 – 4:56 | Comments Off

Seems it’s never too early to introduce your child to the concept of college — unless, of course, the higher education apparel has a higher-than-normal chance of its button falling off and choking the child.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued two child-related recalls today, one for infants and toddlers overalls with a definite rha-rah appeal and another for a backyard merry-go-round sold only at Toys R Us.

About 1,800 of the overall shorts were sold at college bookstores, fan stores, children’s boutiques and gift shops nationwide from March 2007 through February 2008. The government says buttons on the shoulder straps can come off, posing a choking hazards.

The outfits were manufactured by Sara Lynn Togs, of Atlanta, in sizes 6/9 month, 12 month, 18

FDA expands its raw tomato warning to nationwide
Sunday, 8 Jun, 2008 – 5:38 | Comments Off

You say to-MAY-to, I say to-MAH-to, the government says watch which ones you eat.

The Food and Drug Administration today broadened its raw tomato warning to cover the entire country — it originally was issued Tuesday for consumers in Texas and New Mexico.

The reason: An outbreak of salmonella found in some red plum, red Roma, and red round tomatoes, and products containing these raw, red tomatoes. It’s been going on since April and has made at least 145 people sick and sent 23 to the hospital.

Whether the tomatoes are a threat depends on where they were grown, and the FDA believes produce from Arkansas, California, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Belgium, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Israel, the Netherlands and Puerto Rico are safe.

Cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes sold with the vine still attached and homegrown tomatoes are safe regardless of where they’re from, the FDA says.

It makes me regret not giving in to Big Guy’s pleas a few weeks back to plant tomatoes.

Product recall: Evenflo Discovery infant car seats
Sunday, 1 Jun, 2008 – 21:23 | Comments Off

If you’re relying on Evenflo to keep your baby safe, pull out those model numbers.

Friday, the government and the company announced a voluntary recall of 1 million Discovery car seats after tests showed that the seat could potentially separate from its base in a high-impact side collision.

The recall involves Discovery Models 390, 391, 534 and 552 manufactured from April 2005 through last week. If the description matches your carrier, you can call Evenflo toll-free at 800-356-2229 between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. west coast time, weekdays, or visit its website for details about getting an additional fastener officials say will make sure the seat stays on its base.

This is a voluntary recall, for a couple of reasons.

First, the base is considered a convenience. Technically

It’s gonna be a cornhusk Christmas
Sunday, 1 Jun, 2008 – 20:35 | Comments Off

It’s not even Halloween, but I know exactly what the guys will get for Christmas: corn-husk dolls and sock monkeys. That’s assuming I can find good-old American-made buttons for the monkeys. And non-genetically modified husks for the dolls.

It’s getting that ridiculous.I’ve always had a healthy dose of recall paranoia, dutifully registering major baby gear and steeling myself for the wave of nausea sure to come if some company announced a major flaw in something important, such as a car seat.

Never in my wildest nightmares, though, did I imagine the toy tsunami that’s slammed ashore again and again since early summer.Check out the Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site:

The tidal wave began in June, when 1.5 million Thomas the Tank Engine toys were recalled

A really useful recall
Sunday, 1 Jun, 2008 – 17:00 | Comments Off

Originally published June 13, 2007, thehive.modbee.com

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled 1.5 million Thomas & Friends toys, imported and distributed by the RC2 Corporation, because paint on the toys contains lead that can be toxic if ingested. No injuries have been reported.

The recall includes wooden vehicles, buildings and other train set parts sold from January 2005 through June 2007.

More information is available at the Consumer Product