Memo to The Evil Toymakers

An open letter from a tort professor and dad to the makers of lead-laden products targeted at children:

To: Everyone Who Sells Stuff For Kids

From: Bill Childs, TortsProf Blog

Re: Lead in Toys


I know, you’re busy coming up with new cheap shiny things for my daughter to say she needs as we wander the store. But I’ve noticed a bit of a trend in the few short months I’ve subscribed to the CPSC’s recall mailing list.

So I have some advice that might seem kinda obvious, but evidently it comes as a surprise. It’s pretty simple:…

Find out his deceptively facile suggestion, after the jump…

Stop selling stuff for kids with high levels of lead. That includes:

Mood necklace and ring, glow-in-the-dark necklace and ring, UV necklace and ring.
Metal charm bracelets.
Metal charms.

That’s five lead jewelry recalls in three months.

So stop that. Okay? Thanks.



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  1. OkiMike says:

    “So stop that.”


  2. c dan says:

    I’d be curious to see if there was a trend concerning the companies that are having their products recalled: are they large companies? US or foreign based? Where are their products being sold (i.e. from nickel & dime shops or Toys R Us)?

    It’s an interesting problem.

  3. Kornkob says:

    Let’s see….Who sold it and who made it?

    Dollar General, China
    Reebok, China
    Dollar Tree, China
    Oriental Tranding Company, China
    Provo Craft, China

    Now, odds are that when the retailer contracted with the manufacturer they failed to specify what materials were allowed to be used.

  4. Mary Marsala With Fries says:

    …Yes, Korn, but if we made China follow all the safety rules, then that might lead to making them follow environmental or labor rules too, and before you knew it, Chinese stuff would stop being cheap. Where the hell would we stock our precious Dollar Barrells from then?