“Made in China” Dangers

LOOK MA — No Fireworks!
If you want to buy safe “Made In China” products, look to fireworks, as none made the 2007 Dangerous Recall List (Two in 2006).

Cheap But Not Safe

American consumers love bargains and Communist Chinese manufacturers love providing them. However, after reading this list of the dangers from China during the first six months of 2007, no responsible consumer will ever again purchase “Made in China” jewelry for their children or grandchildren.

In January 2007, there were Dangerous Candles from Sally Foster; Toxic Overalls from Samarra Brothers; Fire Hazard Heaters from Family Dollar Stores; Bad Wiring In Fans from Holmes Group; Baby Travel Dryers With Electrocution Hazard from Metropolis Beauty; Improperly Wired/Flammable Lamps from Hong Ten Trading.

In February of 2007, we had Overheating DVD Remote Controls from Best Buy; Lead Poisoning Claudia Jublot children’s rings sold at Big Lots stores; Defective Lamps from Currey & Company of Georgia; Lead Jewelry Accessories from Kidsite sold at Kmart; Toxic Jackets with snap closure of lead from Samara Brothers; Lead Bracelets from the “Ultra Gear” brand; Hazardous Toy Batteries that melted and caught fire from JAKKS Pacific ; Lead Children’s Rings from Rachael Rose Kidz.

March 2007, brought Breakable Bike Frames from Target’s Triax PK7 and Vertical PK7 brand names; Dangerous Razor Blades For Kids in Tri Star International’s children’s stationary; Shocking Extension Cords from Dollar Stop Plus; Lead Easels from Discount School Supply’s Elite brand; Lead Children’s Necklaces sold at Accessories Palace; Toxic Paint on Toys R Us Elite Operations toy sets;  Lead Mood Necklace  children’s jewelry sold by Rhode Island Novelty; Dangerous Sconces from Home Decorators; Lead Paint Baby Toys sold at dollar and other discount stores

April 2007, found Poison Pet Food made in America was killing American pets because two Chinese companies intentionally exported contaminated pet food ingredients to the United States; Flamable Hanukkah Candles from Aviv Judaica Imports ; Oil Heater Fire Hazard from Holmes Group; Flaming Boomboxes from Coby Electronics; Collapsing Baby Seats recalled by Oeuf; Flammable Baby Clothes from the Disney Stores’ Baby Einstein brand; Hazardous Candles from McCormick Distilling Company; Lead Children’s Bracelets from A&A Global Industries; Lead Key Chains from Dollar General Merchandising; Shocking Palm Trees, Pre-lit Palm Trees from iObjectSolutions; Unguarded Blades on Sears “Craftsman” brand. Sears instructed customers to remove the “Craftsman” logo label from their Chinese-made Craftsman Circular Saws so that the label could not become detached and expose the saw blade.

In May of 2007, we dined on Toxic Fish from China as what was labeled as monkfish was actually deadly puffer fish; Tween’s Lead Jewerly from Tween Brands Inc. of New York; Toxic Lead Drums from The Boyds Collection of Pennsylvania in its “Eli’s Small Drums and Liberty’s Large Drums;” Children’s Turquoise and Lead Rings from Cardinal Distributing Company of Maryland; More Lead Children’s Jewelry from Spandrel Sales and Marketing of Arizona; Collapsing Stools from Cracker Barrel Old Country Store; Lead Bamboo toys manufactured by HaPe International Ltd; Hazardous Grills from Sagittarius Sporting Goods; Toxic Jesus Fish Children’s Necklace from Oriental Trading Company of Nebraska; and Hazardous Candles that were highly flammable from Vivre Royal .

In June of 2007, we purchased Deadly Tires from Tire importer Foreign Tire Sales, based in Union, N.J., shoddily manufactured by Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Company resulting in traffic deaths; we may have eaten Tainted Seafood as the FDA detained imports of Chinese catfish, basa, dace, shrimp and eel; Thomas the Toxic Lead Painted Tank Engine Toys arrived from American toy company RC2; Lead Children’s Earrings were sold in Kmart stores; Deadly Cribs “Nursery-In-A-Box” from Simplicity Inc.; we brushed our teeth with low-priced but Poisonous Toothpaste containing diethylene glycol, which poisons the liver and kidneys and depresses the central nervous system; Lead Butterfly Necklaces for kids from Geocentral; Pier 1 Imports Unexpected Shattering glassware; Collapsing Recliners from Rockingham Deluxe Lounge Chairs; Gateway recalled Laptop Computer Batteries from China.

So far for July 2007, we have imported Dangerous Hammocks from Danlong Industries which injured several and we continue our importation of lead jewelry for our children “Essential” Lead Jewelry as Future Industries of New Jersey recalled their “Essentials for kids” jewelry. Afterall, silver and gold are just too pricey for kids’ jewelry I suppose.

Striking, isn’t it, how many of these dangerous “Made In China” consumer items were manufactured specifically for children? Is it because the Chinese do not value the lives of American children? Or is it that Americans, amongst the world’s wealthiest consumers, do not value their own children enough to buy them the best?

This timeline list was gleaned from “Dangerous Made-In-China Products: 2007 Timeline” at WhoSucks: “we have chosen to mention only the incidents that seem most likely connected to problems on the Chinese side, such as dangerous/faulty materials being used in production.” 

The image, Made In China, is subject to copyright by metz79. It is posted here with permission via the Flickr API by barneykin.

8 Responses to “Made in China” Dangers

  1. Neil Ormrod says:

    Interesting list, you do not however list how many of these products were produced to the specification of the US or European manufactuerer, or how many of these products had to have the quality reduced to meet the low price requirementsof your market place.

    I run the European arm of a Chinese compnay, having worked for Italain and French compnaies for the passed 15 years – the qualty stadrads of my current compnay is much superir than anything that i ever saw in Europe.

    Buying from china (or Hong Kong) is not a new phenomenon, but the growth in their production levels will obvioulsy brng forward more recalls.

    Have you charted how many recalls from US and Eurpean compnaies appear on your government websites?

    Finally, the Chinese value their children above anything else, they are only allowed by law to have one child per family, this family is now expereincing a greater stadard of living and quality of life than ever before. They do not set out to manufcture to damage the West, they manufacture to grow. We in the west do sem to have a very blinkered view of the Chinese. As an Englishman now having knowledge of these hard working poele I can have a diffeent view.

    This is just my opinion. (Sorry for all the spelling errors)



  2. Kerfuffles says:

    The blogger who created this list was concerned with the recent high-profile incidents involving dangerous goods imported from China, many of which have already been reported by the American media. This list was an attempt to warn consumers about the dangers of cheaply produced goods coming from a country lacking strict safety regulations.

    Certainly there are recalls from American and European countries, but this post is concerned with recent media reports of dangerous products from China. All of the recalls may be found at U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

  3. Susan Fong says:

    When all the big box stores are selling “made in China” products, then where would you buy “made in USA”.. Most US manufacturers have moved their plants abroad and we are not left with any choice here.. Weather is made in China or mexico, keeping the quality is atleast upto the US company who are not really doing a good job. And more concerned about their huge profit margins, rather than consumer.

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  5. tierra says:

    i believe that China is trying to kill us and we should be more careful with the imports of stock each day we receive fro china. each thing should be tested for and involuntaary item that is not suppose to be in the item itself..

  6. Neddy says:

    Some of the worst problems I see are the food imports. Our US government does not require the country of origin on food products, even manufactured ones. Usually you see “Distributed by ….” and then the name and address of a U.S. company. However, that does not tell where that company procured the food product that it is distributing.

    I have heard horrendous stories of the manufacturers in China that prepare food products for export to America. Knowing how difficult it is to discern the country of origin of food products we purchase in the supermarket, how can we ever know that restaurants, fast food chains, and those other commercially prepared food are not using produce from China? I don’t want to eat anything from China after what I have heard and read.

  7. Beverly says:

    The Chinese purposefully have created an industry where they steal, re-engineer and illegally manufacture inferiorly made brand name products and/or toxic goods. They won’t be stopped by stricter monitoring because they have identified and aim at a marketplace worldwide that is made of consumers who can only afford cheaper-made products. If you buy an LG television – you might not even know, its not really an LG. They go to great lengths to create the manufacturing plants and will not care what the response is to their antics because they slip in and out, setting up shop again if they are reprimanded. Until the country and the manufacturing evolves to a higher level and more responsible attitude, the stricter monitoring will not work. This is their high-stakes game!

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