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Ridiculous Recalls?

Consumer Product Safety Commission says recalls protect the public "from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death."  But critics say the only thing unreasonable about these products is that they were recalled at all.

Easy-Bake Oven

Hasbro recalled about 1 million Easy-Bake Ovens in 2007 because 'young children can insert their hands into the oven's front opening, and get their hands or fingers caught, posing entrapment and burn hazards.'

Additional info: The oven is made for ages 8 and up ... and is heated by a light bulb ... and did we mention it's called the Easy-Bake OVEN?

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SpongeBob Journals

Martin Designs Inc. recalled about 250,000 SpongeBob Squarepants address books and journals because the spiral bindings 'can contain excessive levels of lead' which is 'toxic if ingested by young children.'

'The chance of ingesting lead in any amount from something like that is virtually non-existent,' toy expert Chris Byrne says. 'A child who eats the wire binding from a notebook is going to have significantly worse health problems than lead.'

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ComfortSport Car Seat

Graco recalled 43,994 ComfortSport Convertible Car Seats because they come with an extra cushion or 'body pillow' that when inserted "partially obscures the child airbag warning label."

The solution? Owners were instructed to toss the supplemental pillows which were "provided for comfort only."

So your baby may be uncomfortable, but the next time you go to place him or her right in front of the gun powder fueled passenger air bag you'll know better ... because of the warning label.

Ice Skates

Pronto Sports recalled about 600 pairs of DBX Glide Boys Ice Skates in March because 'surface paint on the ice skates contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.'

As the authors of the Houston Chronicle's 'MomHouston' blog pointed out, this is 'very important for parents whose children like to skate ... and suck on their shoes.'

Bumbo Seat

The Bumbo 'Baby Sitter' Seats is advertised as a soft, foam chair allows babies to sit up as soon as they are able to hold their head up.

"While the Bumbo is good for keeping babies 'stuck' in the chair, it isn’t fool proof, and babies can sometimes get loose -- It clearly says this when you buy the product," blog SurburbanDaddy.com reported.

Still, Bumbo International recalled about 1 million 'Baby Sitter' seats in 2007 because the product didn't include a warning label telling parents that if the seat is placed on a table, countertop, or other elevated surface, the child might fall out and onto the floor, posing a risk of serious head injuries.

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Barbie Dream Puppy House

Matel recalled about 675,000 Barbie accessory toys, like the dog from the Barbie Dream Puppy House, saying surface paints on the toys contain excessive levels of lead which is prohibited under federal law.

'Just to get enough paint of the one spot on the dog they had to test 17 toys just to get a reading,' toy expert Chris Byrne said.

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High School Musical Manicure Kit

Fantas-Eyes recalled about 15,000 High School Musical Manicure Kits in January, because the glitter lettering on the kit's pouch contained excess levels of lead which can be toxic if ingested.

Something to focus on for all those children old enough to give themselves a manicure, but too young to know: glitter isn't food.

Ridiculous Recalls?

Consumer Product Safety Commission says recalls protect the public "from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death."  But critics say the only thing unreasonable about these products is that they were recalled at all.

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