Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Happy Thanksgiving from your Wisconsin personal injury lawyer. Here's a list as we head into the holidays of recalled children's products:

Gearbox Pedal Cars (75,000) distributed by Alpha International Inc. The paint on some contains high lead levels. Standards ban toys and children's products containing high levels of lead. Call Alpha International at (800) 368-6367.

Air Powered Rockets (140,000) distributed by Estes Industries. The rockets' foam tips can break off exposing sharp edges that can cause face lacerations or eye injuries. Six children were struck in the face by the rockets, including two who suffered detached retinas and four who suffered cuts requiring stitches. Call Estes Industries toll-free at (800) 576-5811.

Firestormer and Skyblazer toy air-powered planes (137,000) distributed by Spin Master Toys. The plastic air intake chamber of the air-powered toy planes can burst, throwing plastic pieces, posing a laceration, bruise and abrasion hazard to consumers. Call Spin Master Toys at (800) 622-8339.

Animal Toy Sponges (280,000) distributed by Dollar Tree Stores. The eyes on the toys can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. Call Dollar Tree Stores at (800) 876-8077.

Stuffed Polyester Pool Animals (310,000) distributed by Dollar Tree Stores. The seams can separate exposing the polyester stuffing and foam beads. The foam beads pose a choking hazard to young children. Call Dollar Tree Stores at (800) 876-8077.

Cotton Candy Machine (188,000) distributed by Rose Art Industries. The motor on the cotton candy machine can jam and overheat, posing a fire hazard. Call Rose Art at (888) 262-4474.

Baby Walkers that can fall down stairs (2 brands totaling 53,500 units). Oriental International Trading Company distributed 3500 such walkers, and Bikepro distributed 50,000. The walkers fit through a standard doorway and are not designed to stop at the edge of a step. Babies using these walkers can be seriously injured or killed if they fall down stairs. Call Oriental International Trading Company at (866) 666-9868 or Bikepro at (800) 261-2559.

Toy Tracks on Activity Center (152,000) distributed by Graco Children's Products. The toy track can break, presenting a cut or pinch hazard and exposed small parts pose a choking hazard to young children. Call Graco at (800) 673-0392.

Also, be cautious with:

Playpens that can collapse (5 brands totaling more than 1,500,000 units) and entrap a child in the V-shape folded top rails. The top rails must be turned to set up the playpen. There have been 15 known deaths to children when top rails of playpens collapsed. A new industry standard requires that the top rails of these playpens automatically lock into place when the playpen is fully set up. Evenflo "Happy Camper," "Happy Cabana," and "Kiddie Camper;" Century "Fold-N-Go" Models 10-710 and 10-810; Baby Trend "Home and Roam" and "Baby Express;" and Kolcraft "Playskool Travel-Lite Model."

Lane Cedar Chests (12 million) distributed by Lane Co. The cedar chest lids automatically latch shut when closed, posing a suffocation hazard to children. Twelve children suffocated inside the chests. New locks, used since 1987, will prevent entrapments because they do not automatically latch shut. Contact Lane at (888) 856-8758.

Old Chest Freezers (made between 1945 and 1970) have heavy lids that latch. Children can suffocate in old chest freezers (and in other products with heavy lids that latch). There have been 27 known deaths in old chest freezers. Destroy the old freezer, take the door off or remove the latch.

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

I am adding a new lawyer to my list legal heroes - New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. Forbes Magazine's recent article about Spitzer entitled Witch Hunt shows why Eliot Spitzer is a modern day hero. Forbes by demonizing Spitzer, is legitimizing his work (similar to the way Democrats originally demonized Rush Limbaugh). Corporate America might not like the idea - because it never likes to pay for its wrongs - but the fact is that once the corruption and abuses are punished, it's easier for the American public to have faith in those businesses and want to invest in such businesses.