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Kids’ Science Kits May Take Hit From Safety Ruling

October 8, 2010  ·  By HM&M


The Consumer Product Safety Commission has been “mired for weeks in deliberation as it writes guidelines on what makes a product a “children's product.” That guidance, expected Wednesday, is supposed to help sort out which products have to be tested under legislation passed by Congress over two years ago that requires rigorous safety checks for lead, chemicals, flammability and other potential dangers.” (9/29, J. Kerr, AP Washington).

This has elementary science teacher, among many others, up in arms because science kits used to get elementary kids interested in science may be a casualty as the cost of testing would outweigh the value of the product, and thus many companies would stop producing them all together, or raise prices so high that most elementary school budgets could not purchase these kits.

The reason behind the law requiring very stringent testing on materials such as lead, and chemicals is to ensure that the products are safe for children. Although there may be some adverse effects, the goal of the law is essential, and as a personal injury attorney in Chicago, I fully support comprehensive testing on children's products.

October 8, 2010

Fisher Price Recalls Millions of Toys

Toy manufacturer Fisher-Price announced Thursday that it has “recalled about 10 million toys because they were dangerous to children.” (CNN Wire, 9/30). The toy manufacturer states that the recall involved just less than 3 million baby play areas with inflatable balls because of reports of choking. The company ultimately discovered that a valve from the... Read More

October 8, 2010

Dangerous Runway Incidents Down by Half

Transportation officials say “the number of runway incidents that pose a danger of planes colliding dropped by half over the last 12 months.” (J. Lowy, Washington AP, 10/8). During the federal budget year ending in September 6, 2010 saw only 6 incidents in which a plane was on the wrong runway or risked colliding with... Read More

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