Toys 'R' Us gets tough with cribmakers

Toys 'R' Us gets tough with cribmakers

There are 43 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 3, 2008, titled Toys 'R' Us gets tough with cribmakers. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Toys "R" Us Inc., one of the nation's biggest retailers of nursery furniture, is forcing cribmakers to build sturdier products to avoid a potentially deadly hazard.

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Nancy B

Lombard, IL

#1 Sep 4, 2008
Good for Toys R Us for taking a stand on how a product is made, if companies want to build this junk in China and meet US
safety standards.But now they have to meet retail standards as well great.
Red Heart

Antioch, IL

#2 Sep 4, 2008
Good Lord, what has it come down to when we have to rely on Toys R Us to protect us instead of government!?!

“Ds and Rs are crooks.”

Since: Apr 08

Berwyn, IL

#3 Sep 4, 2008
Red Heart wrote:
Good Lord, what has it come down to when we have to rely on Toys R Us to protect us instead of government!?!
The government is not there to protect us. Good for Toys R Us, now if people would look at what they are buying.

Geneva, IL

#4 Sep 4, 2008
Hurray for Toys R Us stepping in to protect the littlest consumers. Hopefully, this will start a trend for other retailers to follow suit with other products. Unfortunately, we can't depend on our government to protect us. They are too busy protecting their own political interests.
no commie

Menominee, MI

#5 Sep 4, 2008
Lo and behold. The free market works better than a big, invasive government.

Lisa Madigan, are you learning anything???

Hampton, VA

#6 Sep 4, 2008
Toys r us isn't influenced by lobbyist, they are influenced by customer demand, in the end, PROFIT!

Way to go TRU!

United States

#7 Sep 4, 2008
Yay! Whoever thought a "soul-less" large corporate entity would step up to the plate and enact safety regulations that make sense? Even if the reasons behind such regulations are not altruistic, I applaud them.

United States

#8 Sep 4, 2008
Target is starting to disappoint me...
Oh My

Schaumburg, IL

#10 Sep 4, 2008
Thank you Toys R Us!

Naperville, IL

#11 Sep 4, 2008
Maybe this is the way things will go from now on...since the government is obviously less than concerned about any safety standards. Now, especially, companies are really feeling the financial crunch, and will do what they can to make consumers want to buy from them.

Plainfield, IL

#12 Sep 4, 2008
need 3rd party wrote:
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The government is not there to protect us. Good for Toys R Us, now if people would look at what they are buying.
So don't expect the government to protect us by issuing laws to govern your safety or call out the armed forces if the U.S. is ever under attack. Do it yourself.

Prairie Du Sac, WI

#13 Sep 4, 2008
Hats off to Toys R Us!

Hollywood, FL

#14 Sep 4, 2008
It's about time a corporate giant, in whom millions of Americans have put their trust when it comes to toys, games, and baby furnishings, stepped forward to demand the crib manufacturing industry clean up its act. More larger retailers need to join the movement.

Morristown, NJ

#15 Sep 4, 2008
A few years ago, Toys-R-Us had to recall its store-brand, made-in-China crayons because they contained a significant amount of lead. Of course, the box was prominently labelled "non-toxic."

Similarly, many of the lead-painted wooden toys were improperly labelled.

And what, exactly, happened in each case? Well, the manufacturer supplied samples to the buyer, and the samples were fine. But, later, the manufacturer sub-contracted work to companies that cut corners by using cheaper materials- and, because there was no on-going inspection process, dangerous products wound up in the hands of small children.

Nor is it only toys- the marketplace is also full of electrical goods with counterfeit UL tags.

The reality is, in an age when practically everything is imported- and often from manufacturers in countries where there is little or no regulatory oversight- retailers had better get used to the idea that they need to pay for continuous testing of what they sell.
Especially if they're going to put their name on the product.
this is how i see it

Newport News, VA

#16 Sep 4, 2008
Way to go Toys R' Us!!! Protecting future Toys R' Us Kids :)~~

Seriously though, this is what retail stores need to step up and do. When you hold your business to a higher standard, the consumer is better off.
Sitting back

Plainfield, IL

#18 Sep 4, 2008
What is an "MTV" crib?
Kelly Stark

Glenview, IL

#19 Sep 4, 2008
This is impressive. I will shop there as a result and wish more retailers would follow suit.

Since: Apr 08

United States

#20 Sep 4, 2008

Richmond, VA

#21 Sep 4, 2008
I don't think it's the government jobs to watch everything. The stores selling things should watch and OH THE PARENTS. The government is supposed to be on the larger scale. What do we people think is OUR job. what stops a parent from putting a crib together and hitting on it and moving it around to make sure it's strong. I agree the store should do its best but i think in the end it's up to the parent to make sure the child using the product is safe not because the store or government made them safe but because the parents made them safe. I think the recall lists these days are horrable. Can you not watch your children long enough to make sure they don't choke on a coat cord. Can you not watch them long enough to make sure they don't ride a walker down the stairs. I know when our grandparents had them they had enough brains not to use a walker at the stop of stairs. Young children could wears hoodies with cords because every YOUNG child had a parent or guardian near by. My daughter didn't leave my side (or a guardians)ONE time while she was awake. She couldn't choke on a cord she would have to have gotten out of the bed at night got into her dresser and put it on and choke herself. Where are parents at or are they that stupid...
concerned one

United States

#22 Sep 4, 2008
Sitting back wrote:
What is an "MTV" crib?
What is Google?

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