Saturday, August 29, 2009

Sell Your Easy Bake Oven and Go To Jail

h/t Karen De Coster at

Don’t sell your child’s Easy Bake Oven at your garage sale. It’s a federal crime to do so under the fed’s new “Resale Roundup.”

Secondhand sellers now must keep abreast of recalls for thousands of products, some of them stretching back more than a decade, to stay within the bounds of the law.

Staffers for the federal agency are fanning out across the country to conduct training seminars on the regulations at dozens of thrift shops.

This is disturbing, especially because Easy Bake Oven was one of my favorite toys. Both of my my parents can attest to the fact that I made the worst baking creations in the entire history of that toy. I was destined, from a very young age, to avoid a career as a baker. Now here’s ObamaChange:

President Barack Obama and Democratic congressional leaders are crafting an appropriations bill that would boost the agency’s funding next year by more than 11.4 percent — to $117 million — and it’s already hiring new inspectors and other employees in anticipation of the funding infusion.

Make sure you entertain yourself with the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s “Most Dangerous Recalled Products.”

“Those who re-sell recalled children’s products are not only breaking the law, they are putting children’s lives at risk,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “Resale stores should make safety their business and check for recalled products and hazards to children.”

The problem with Easy Bake Oven is that “young children can insert their hands into the overn’s front opening. and get their hands or fingers caught, posing entrapment and burn hazards.” A hooded drawstring sweatshirt was recalled because the “CSPC received one report of a death involving a 3-year-old boy in fresno, Calif. He was strangled when the drawstring on the hooded sweathsirt that he was wearing became stuck on a playground set.”

Oh the insanity of the Safety Busybody State.

1 comment:

momto5minnies said...

Gimme a break :0