So last week's shock at a toy industry request for the federal government to set new safety testing standards has definitely worn off, even before Consumerist described the proposal as "an over-hyped batch of self-serving hogwash."
DT reader Mark quickly pointed out, for example, that the Toy Industry Association's suggestion of independently run, not government-run testing, would be a major cost obstacle to small-scale, independent toymakers, both domestic and international.
Slate's E. Marla Felcher finds even more reason to be critical of the industry's sudden cooperative mood:
Felcher makes the rather compelling argument that stronger investigation and enforcement of existing is what's needed. Which is why the TIA's proposing precisely something else.