Recalls are getting WAY out of hand. And by that I mean there aren't enough of 'em.
Momlogic's Momstrosity: It's happening again. It happens at least once a month. Recalls. This time, Maclaren is voluntarily recalling millions of their strollers over 15 cases of children's fingers getting caught in the hinges -- 12 resulting in amputation. Remarkably, in Europe -- where Maclaren sells more strollers than in the U.S. -- there have been NO amputation claims.
Yep, in the spirit of that woman who took a stand against McDonald's when they dared to serve her a hot cup of coffee, America once again leads the pack in shifting the blame.
Don't get me wrong ... if it were my kid whose
fingers had been chopped off, I wouldn't be writing this post. On the
contrary, I would be beside myself for being STUPID ENOUGH TO ALLOW MY
CHILD NEAR THE STROLLER WHEN I WAS FLINGING IT OPEN OR SHUT WITH ALL MY
So while we're bringing down the Maclaren Stroller Corporation, why not set our sights on an even more menacing danger: doors.
Doors, according to the National Safety Council, are responsible for more than
300,000 injuries requiring emergency room treatment each year. Children, especially those under the age of 4, suffer the most door-related injuries that ultimately require
This door statistic is very scary, and the NSC offers little solace:
"Door-related finger injuries are traumatic and potentially debilitating, but unfortunately they're
often impossible to prevent. There's rarely someone at fault when such an accident takes place."
People, that is not good enough! Until the manufacturers of ALL doors come up with a better designed and safer product, I want my money back. Nay, demand it back. Let's take down the door industry! Who's with me?!
Sure, it's going to be very inconvenient to not have doors around. They're pretty indispensable when it comes to keeping our dogs and kids in -- and keeping thieves and door-to-door religion peddlers out. But -- WHEW --
won't we all feel much safer knowing that our little ones' hands and fingers will
never be injured when someone accidentally slams a door?
The point is that sadly, tragically, accidents happen. It's life.
Do we really have to recall a product every single time someone has an accident? Enough, already! Common sense is a good rule of thumb (sorry for the digit analogy) to keep our kids, and ourselves, safe.