14 Children's Cold Meds Withdrawn From the Market

14 Children's Cold Meds Withdrawn From the Market

Johnson & Johnson today recalled several infant cough and cold medicines, citing “rare instances of misuse leading to overdose, particularly in infants under two years of age.”

Money Lessons For Your Kids

Money Lessons For Your Kids

If you have kids and aren’t teaching them about money, you’re setting them up to be one of those clueless college kids with a free burrito and $12,000 in credit card debt. Don’t do it!

http://consumerist.com/2007/09/28/are-sports-drinks-really-just/

Are “sports drinks” really just junk food? Should they be removed from vending machines in schools? “One analysis determined that kids who drink a 20-ounce Gatorade each day could gain 13 extra pounds over the course of a year.” A debate in congress rages on.[CalorieLab]

Did The Chicago Tribune Embarrass The CPSC Into Recalling A Million Cribs?

Did The Chicago Tribune Embarrass The CPSC Into Recalling A Million Cribs?

Photographs taken of Liam Johns’ crib by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office clearly show where it came apart.

Annoyed With Toy Companies Trying To Poison Your Kids? Make Your Own Toys.

Annoyed With Toy Companies Trying To Poison Your Kids? Make Your Own Toys.

Craft magazine has put together a round-up of safe toys that you can make for your kids. The downside is that you have to stop being lazy and learn to do something yourself. (Awful, we know.) The upside is that unless you’re buying the cloth from New Zealand, the odds of you poisoning your own child are low.

Over 10,000,000 Items Recalled For Lead Contamination In 2007

Over 10,000,000 Items Recalled For Lead Contamination In 2007

With the recall of some Thomas & Friends and Sponge Bob toys on August 22, the total number of products recalled due to lead contamination in 2007 reached 10,020,300, according to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. None of the items were manufactured in the US, so the recall responsibility and cost falls squarely on the shoulders of the US importers. We took at look back at 2007′s lead recalls to try to understand the scope of the problem.

Offended Mother Says Fisher-Price Piano Says "F— Me, Rape Me."

There are lots of moms out there who have filthy, filthy minds. They buy toys that make noise for their children, then become convinced that there are secret offensive messages in the toys.

Avoid Hazardous Supplies When Back-To-School Shopping

Avoid Hazardous Supplies When Back-To-School Shopping

If you’re back-to-school shopping for your kids, here are a few guidelines for what to buy—and what not to buy, as well as some tips for inspecting the local playground and soccer field:

FDA Says No Cough Syrup For Toddlers Without Doctor Approval

FDA Says No Cough Syrup For Toddlers Without Doctor Approval

“Questions have been raised about the safety of these products and whether the benefits justify any potential risks from the use of these products in children, especially in children under 2 years of age,” the agency said.

Consumer Reports Advises Families With Small Children To Avoid Magnet Toys

Consumer Reports Advises Families With Small Children To Avoid Magnet Toys

Consumer Reports is advising families with small children to stay away from magnet toys and products for adults that have small, strong magnets.

Mattel Recalls Over 7 Million Chinese-Made Toys For Lead Paint, Magnets

Mattel Recalls Over 7 Million Chinese-Made Toys For Lead Paint, Magnets

Today Mattel expanded their lead paint recall to include 253,000 die cast “Cars” toys. In addition, Mattel expended a 2006 magnetic toy recall to include about 7 million other toys.

Fisher-Price Being Investigated By CPSC Due To Shoddy Track Record Reporting Defects

Fisher-Price Being Investigated By CPSC Due To Shoddy Track Record Reporting Defects

Fisher-Price has a shoddy track record when it comes to reporting defects and “injuries from defects” to the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Cereal Makers Target Kids, Evade Junk Food Advertising Ban

Cereal Makers Target Kids, Evade Junk Food Advertising Ban

Crafty cereal makers may weasel out of their promise to stop advertising junk food to audiences under 12 by fudging serving size information. Eleven cereal makers last week set the threshold for products advertised to children at 12 grams of sugar per serving. According to the New York Times’ original coverage, many cereal makers are already “trying to reformulate the foods to meet nutritional guidelines.” Why reformulate when you can change the labels?

Should We Unilaterally Ban Junk Food Advertising Targetting Children?

Should We Unilaterally Ban Junk Food Advertising Targetting Children?

The New York Times reports that eleven huge food companies, in the face of regulatory intervention, lawsuits, and a forthcoming government study on childhood obesity, agreed to voluntarily withdraw junk food advertising from children’s TV shows targeted at an under-12 audience.

Serious Magnet Toy Injury Prompts Another Recall

Serious Magnet Toy Injury Prompts Another Recall

Poorly constructed toys with strong magnets are the cause of another serious injury to a child. The 8 year-old swallowed two small magnets that had broken off of “Mag Stix” a magnetic toy manufactured in China. The magnets attracted inside her body, perforating her intestines and requiring surgery.

Disney Will Stop Making Painfully Embarrassing, Awful Direct To DVD Sequels, And You Can Stop Buying Them

Disney Will Stop Making Painfully Embarrassing, Awful Direct To DVD Sequels, And You Can Stop Buying Them

Disney will discontinue their line of painfully embarrassing and awful direct to DVD sequels on the recommendation of Steve Jobs, according to MacWorld. We consider this a coup for parents, because no one older than 8 likes these steaming hunks of crap, yet they are extremely commercially successful.

T-Mobile Sells New Phone Loaded With Porn

T-Mobile Sells New Phone Loaded With Porn

Taking a page from Comcast, T-Mobile sold Shelby Hinds a phone containing 60 images from an online porn gallery associated with another user’s account. Shelby purchased the phone from a T-Mobile kiosk at Walmart, where she “watched the salesman take the wrapping off two new phones and program them. ” T-Mobile said the porn was Shelby’s fault:

…the representative on the phone told her the only way the phone could have those images was if she took the photos herself or if the pictures were sent to her in a text message.

Shelby brought the smut phone to a T-Mobile store, where the employees said they had “never seen a problem like this before.” T-Mobile is now attributing the porn to a “technical glitch,” and will replace the phone free of charge and waive Shelby’s activation fees. — CAREY GREENBERG-BERGER

"New" Comcast DVR Is, Predictably, Full Of Porn

"New" Comcast DVR Is, Predictably, Full Of Porn

If you have kids in your house, and Comcast or Time Warner Cable or whichever cable company you have sends you a DVR, here are is the first thing you’ll need to do: