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October 10, 2007 / Maleesha Kovnesky

Recalls

Have you ever had something recalled?  Today I got an e-mail from Toys-R-Us, informing me that our ‘Triumph’ model car seat has been recalled.  Great timing, I thought, since we just purchased a booster seat because our 2 year old is too tall for the old one.  I read further down the recall information and as it turns out, the recall isn’t due to harness issues, or a risk of the plastic breaking apart in the event of a car wreck.  It’s due to foam.  The cushiony part of the car seat is made of foam, and if you own one of these nightmare car seats, your toddler may discover that he can take off the seat cover, and then if he does, he may decide to break off some of the foam.  Should he do that, he may put it in his mouth, and he may choke to death.  This is why the car seat is being recalled, three years after it was sold. 

 

Both of the non-Subarus I have owned have been recalled: a 1993 Hyundai Excel for a seatbelt problem, a 1999 Chevy S-10 for a brake problem.  I think the Chevy letter said something like “there is a chance that you could step on your brakes to discover that they do not work and also they could start your vehicle on fire.” 

 

I thought my Apple PowerBook laptop was going to be recalled due to the batteries starting on fire, but I had a model that apparently used safe, non-exploding batteries.  Not sure why they didn’t use that same battery in all the other PowerBooks that they DID recall.

 There is a lady at work who sends out a list of stuff that has been recalled each week.  Every week!  The recall list usually includes three or four items that for whatever reason, may cause death, or at least severe burns.  Some of the stuff I have seen on the recall list I wonder why anyone would have purchased it at all.  A couple of weeks ago something called “Baby Bling-Bling” brand pacifiers were recalled because the glued-on faux gemstones could become loose and swallowed by the infant.  If you are the kind of person who would purchase a pacifier covered in glued-on gemstones, then you are also most likely a complete idiot.  Other things on the list range from ceiling fans (wiring issues that could cause fires) to grills (leaky hoses that could cause explosions) to folding chairs (that could cause strangulation).  Clearly, it’s much safer to sell your house and move into a tepee, where you are unlikely to run into any of these dangerous items

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  1. gkovats / Oct 11 2007 1:28 pm

    The baby bling bling is clearly Darwinism. The sad part is the baby has no control of the idiot parent’s choices. Baby bling bling should be more a flag for bad parents, left on shelves to weed out people not fit to make save decisions for their children’s welfare.

    Babies R’ Us clerk: “Is this everything ma’am? A rhinestone encrusted rattle and a sapphire speckled pacifier? I’m sorry ma’am, but your children are being removed from their nanny’s care as we speak by Child Protective Services. I’m also required by law to slap you now.”

    At least this is the picture I paint if there was any justice in this world.

  2. ianthealy / Oct 11 2007 1:27 pm

    Tepees have been recalled. Apparently there’s a small chance that they can be overrun by marauding buffalo.

    Ian

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