So far there have been about 354 recalled products in the United States. These products were recalled for various safety and health concerns.
Of these 354 products:
- 52 or 15% were manufactured in the United States
- 302 or 85% from foreign countries
Of the products recalled from foreign countries 201 were manufactured in China.
This is significant because foreign manufacturers can set their prices lower because they are not subject to the equal prospect of restitution as U.S. manufacturers face if a consumer is injured by their product. Also, foreign manufacturers often face huge discrepancies in product liability insurance rates. Without the prospect of being held accountable through the U.S. civil justice system, a foreign producer has little incentive to maximize product quality and safety.
I’ve discussed the topic of recalls in past. As we enter the toy buying season please be aware of what you purchase. Not all toys are equal. Lead based paint in toys and melamine in candies and other foods make me very weary of buying anything manufactured in China. But how do you avoid it?