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OK, back to the CPSC (see last Friday’s post). By my count, a total of 29 products were recalled in the month of April. Actually that is an overstatement, in that list are warnings from the CPSC like, “swimming pools are dangerous.” I’d like you to think back about all of the hysteria surrounding the lead paint and other dangerous aspects of importing goods from China. People went nuts. But let’s look at the types of recalls we saw in the U.S. in April. Here they are:

  • The DucDuc crib, made in the U.S. of A. is dangerous: “The bottom rails on the crib sides can separate from the sides when the mattress is in the lowest position, causing the spindles to separate and the mattress to drop. This poses fall and entrapment hazards for young children.”
  • Toro Power Snowblowers, made in the U.S. of A. are dangerous:  “The carburetors on both products develop fuel leaks and can ignite when exposed to an ignition source, posing a fire or burn hazard.”
  • ADP Space Heaters, made in the U.S. of A. are dangerous: “Some heaters were manufactured without a required flame rollout switch, which is a back-up device that shuts down the heater in the event of a heater failure. This poses a fire hazard.”
  • Lennox garage heaters, made in the U.S. of A. are dangerous: “Some heaters were manufactured without a required flame rollout switch, which is a back-up device that shuts down the heater in the event of a heater failure. This poses a fire hazard.”
  • Cub Cadet lawn mowers, made in the U.S. of A. are dangerous: “A fuel leak can occur near the rear mounting screws on the bottom of the fuel tank, posing a fire hazard.”
  • Redken 5th Avenue Spray … Mousse Foam, made in the U.S. of A. is dangerous: “The aerosol container’s liner can corrode over time, posing a risk of the cans rupturing and expelling its contents.”
  • Rogue Fitness Barbell Brackets, made in the U.S. of A. are dangerous: “ The weld between the bracket and the pin that holds the barbell bracket in place on a weightlifting rack can break, causing the weights to fall, and posing an injury hazard to consumers.”

Just imagine all of the products made here in the U.S. of A. that the CPSC doesn’t look at, or that they overlook, or that are outside their purview. Just imagine all of the death and destruction that U.S. produced products will impose on the rest of the world since our CPSC is not looking out for the interests of Swedish, Italian, English and Spanish consumers. How can someone in Barcelona be sure that their Cub Cadet riding mower was produced safely? How can someone in Prague know that Cub Cadet did not bribe someone to make sure their product was rated “safe” when it really was not? And why should someone in Stockholm use a Mousse produced in a factory where workers do not have the same pension benefits, vacation benefits, environmental conditions and safety provisions as workers in Swedish factories?

And where are all the protesters going nuts about the safety of these products? Where are the CNN investigative reports? Where are the Congressional hearings to haul in the CEO’s to explain themselves?

Crickets. A sign of intellectual bankruptcy. Again.

3 Responses to “Foreign Countries Should Slap Tariffs on Dangerous US Made Products”

  1. Harry says:

    Now that gardening season has arrived, one has to worry about the hazards inherent in pitchforks, tomato cages, and all gloves not sturdy enough to be pierced by pitchforks and tomato cages.

    Whatever you do, make sure you do not stick your hand under your lawn mower.

    More tips will be coming as the harvest season nears, as we pull out the heavy equipment like the four-row corn harvester.

  2. Harry says:

    Sorry, I got off Wintercow’s point. Of course the Swedes should impose stiff tariffs on any good that is not made by a European Lutheran.

    In return, the US should embargo all Scandinavian herring.

  3. Rod says:

    Those doity Americun bastiats!

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