October 14, 2011

DT Friday Freakout: Occupy Sesame Street Edition

Personally, my weekend's already ruined, full of regret for not doing more with the Occupy Sesame Street concept. Or maybe I'll just work in my Photoshop skills. [tauntr]

As for the rest of you, here are a few headlines from the worlds of science, medicine, and parenting to freak you out:

  • "Babies can be fair" is a PR-ish way to say they're really just choosing to be totally self-centered and shot total disregard for your important schedule and needs. [sensible links at birthtothrive, thanks @workingdad]

  • When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail. And when you're one of the 3.2 million Little Tikes toy toolsets and workshops sold in the last decade, every one of those nails is a choke hazard. [cpsc]

  • In a move that is going to turn the baby gear section of craigslist on its head, the CPSC has recalled 441,000 B.O.B. jogging strollers, every stroller manufactured since 1998, because the white embroidery backing on the underside of the canopy can tear off and pose a choking hazard. [cpsc]

  • This includes all 357,000 B.O.B. strollers recalled in February because the canopy drawstring poses a strangulation hazard. [cpsc]

  • The FDA says they know about the arsenic in apple juice, it's been there for years, and it is no big deal. [fda]

  • Parents dressed their kids as Jersey Shore for Halloween. [dadcentric]


Is it just me or does that B.O.B. recall for the embroidery backing seem a little far fetched? "Gagging and choking were reported in two incidents. The backing was removed from the children's mouth without injury." Two case out of 441,000 strollers! What percentage of kids gag or choke without injury when eating lunch?
BTW, maybe I've been better conditioned to fear strings and cords but I get the drawstring recall, even though there was only one reported incident that ended without injury.

They need a new category for recalls that actually only involve some extremely minor fix like peeling off a sticker.

So...if you've remedied the recalled hazard, can you resell it?

Is this going to turn into one of those "I'm not going to say that word..." craigslist things?

"For Sale, one 'R0b3rt' small child transporter with 3 wheels. Call for more info".

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