Chinese-made toys, kids' jewelry recalled

Toys and children's necklaces made in China were recalled Wednesday, including five more items from the popular Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway product line, because they contain dangerous levels of lead. Full Story
Babs

AOL

#1 Sep 28, 2007
It's time these companies recalled the JOBS. PUT AMERICA BACK TO WORK!
OB Resident

Gilberts, IL

#2 Oct 1, 2007
You would not like to pay the real price of all the toys, clothes and electronics if they were made in the USA again.

US Workers would rather lose their job than reduce their wage expectations. Wages, healthcare, litigation, taxes and other govt compliance would make it impossible.

I hear you, it just isn't gonna happen. Noone would pay $5 for a Hot Wheels toy that is made in the USA when the same one made by a 12 year old girl in Indonesia, making $1 a day at a factory to belches out pollution and produces today's Hot Wheel toy for .97 cents!

Noone will buy that Flat Screen HDTV for $3500 because it is made in the USA when one made in Korea is only $999.

We, as a country have made our choice. Better to have cheap consumer goods in the short term than do what it takes to keep us strong in the long term.

As one who has had many of those recalled toys in my house, I am not to pleased, but if I want to switch to toys made in the USA, about my only choice is to find one of those wooden cars that are usually made by some retired old guy. That is not how kids want to play.

Do I know the answer? No, but I also know the answer is not every increasing wage & healthcare expectations by the American worker. We need to realize that certain types of work are just not worth what they were in the past. Certainly an auto worker putting on the right front fender of a Ford Taurus shouldn't be making the equivelent of $90 an hour (including health & pension benefits) when his counterpart in Mexico, Korea or China is doing the same job for substantially less.

What makes the whole vicious cycle worse is if the USA worker starts getting paid more in line with what his work is really worth, he can't afford to buy all this new found "Made in the USA" stuff anymore!

As I said, I only know the question, not the answer.

I try to support USA made stuff, but it is getting harder and harder to do. My new Chevy was actually made in Mexico! Is it still a "Hot Dog & Apple Pie Chevy" or is it less of an American car than my neighbors Honda that was made in Alabama? Again, I don't know the answer anymore.

Let me know the answer, if there is one!
jaxon

Mishawaka, IN

#3 Oct 1, 2007
What would Jesus do?
Keith Lock

Saint Petersburg, FL

#4 Oct 1, 2007
Not all Chinese toys are bad, let's not stereotype the whole lot.
www.konstruktues. is a safe non-toxic toy which we are proud of and very happy with our Chinese mfg.
Keith Lock

Saint Petersburg, FL

#5 Oct 1, 2007
Not all Chinese toys are bad, let's not stereotype the whole lot.
www.konstruktubes.com is a safe non-toxic toy which we are proud of and very happy with our Chinese mfg.
Sandy

Midland, MI

#6 Oct 10, 2007
Buy toys made in the U.S.A.!

This website has an extensive list of links to companies that sell toys made int the U.S.A.

http://americanmadetoys.googlepages.com/ameri...
Joanie Perales

Houston, TX

#7 Oct 11, 2007
I just wanted to say that there are products made in the U.S.A. that aren't necessarily focused on money making. I own and operate my own children's jewelry company, which focuses on using only quality components such as Swarovski crystals, sterling silver and freshwater pearls. I have three toddlers, so I know the concerns associated with children's jewelry and am familar with the hundreds of recalls due to lead tainted jewelry. A lot of these products are manufactured in foreign countries for upscale brands. It's heartbreaking to see these name-brand companies do whatever to make a buck. If you want a quality, U.S.A. made product, feel free to visit www.fairytalejewels.com !
Mark

Hollywood, FL

#9 Aug 17, 2010
These days it is quite safe to buy fashion jewelry from China as there is quality control and third party inspection companies. One of those is Naroka and I believe they can be found at http://www.naroka.com/

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