By now, American consumers are used to hearing about product recalls that center around children’s goods, specifically lead paint and choking hazards. However, “grown up toys” are recalled more often than one might expect for a different, yet very serious, type of hazard: laceration.
So far this year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced recalls of five different products, citing laceration as the sole reason, or one of several reasons, for the recall. These include a table saw, two lawn mowers, a candle holder, and a medicine cabinet. A children’s penguin toy has also been recalled because of the same hazard.
In 2007, 21 products were recalled due to laceration hazards, ranging from predictable items (pocket knives, toy swords, circular saws, and glassware) to more surprising products (pool toys, torch lamps, recliners, and stationary sets).
For a complete list of recalled products, visit the CPSC’s Recalls and Product Safety News website. These are the product recalled that have been issued thus far in 2008:
DEWALT Jobsite Table Saws (13,00 sold)
Wal-Mart Candle Holders (61,000 sold)
Kyodo LawnBott Lawn Mowers (530 sold)
Plan Toy Penguin Figures (3,000 sold)
RSI Medicine Cabinets (8,600 sold)