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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Good Golly Miss Polly! Unsafe Toys and Safe Cars

As you're getting ready to give thanks this Thanksgiving, here are a few things to think about.

Mattel, Inc. is recalling 4.4 million Polly Pocket Magnetic Playsets. Why? The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says it's because the magnets inside the dolls and accessories can fall out and get swallowed by kids. When more than one of these magnets are swallowed, they can attract each other, causing "intestinal perforation, infection, or blockage which can be fatal." Nice. You'd think the toy manufacturers would think things through before making unsafe toys for children.

On a different note, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has picked the safest vehicles for 2007. Although winners include 4 cars, 7 SUVs, and 2 minivans, none of them were made by American car manufacturers. Go figure.

Wishing you and yours a safe, happy, and crisis-free Thanksgiving!

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