Look, I’m not one of those parents who thinks kids should never take risks, never have fun, never get injured. I actually think it’s good for little ones to bruise their noggins once in awhile. Those natural (and painful) kinds of consequences will go far in helping them assess where the real risks are in life — and what their own pain thresholds are.
That said, I don’t think we should be sold products that, no matter how unintended, could unnecessarily lacerate our children. The Fisher-Price recall — a recall of bikes and trikes that have protrusions that could easily meet a child’s most delicate of places — is a good one.
These recalls are no doubt expensive, but perhaps that’s a painful enough injury to the company that maybe somebody in design should check for sticky-out-y things located at kid crotch level. And those protrusions in the back of the high chairs that are causing kids to get stitches? How did they not see that coming?
When I buy cheap crap from major corporations, I expect a certain amount of care and expertise to have gone into it. Naive? Maybe. But if we’re going to be cynical, then all the better that Fisher-Price is getting dinged and forced to underwrite the return and repair of these items.
This recall isn’t an overreaction, it’s a costly correction, much like stitches and painful impalements during an afternoon of riding trikes.
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