I don’t really know why I’ve become so obsessed with recalled home-related goods. Some kind of personality disorder? A perverse interest in the wrongdoings of others? It’s baffling.
But here’s another example of something gone wrong in the manufacturing process. These log swings, made in China, are missing just one nail. But that nail holds the back of the swing to the seat. And without that nail, the back of the swing could fall away and cause someone sitting on it to come crashing down.
So far, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has gotten reports of six swings coming apart and three people getting hurt.
If you have one of these, pack it up and take it back where you got it. They sold for $150 at various stores nationwide from February through May 2008.
The moral of the story: We can’t rely on workers in a factory in China to make us safe. It’s probably a good idea to look at everything we buy in case anything obvious is missing, like a nail or a screw or stability or balance.
In other words: we need to watch our own backs.
Here’s the whole report.