Who-Sucks.com has compiled a master timeline of incidents involving dangerous (sometimes lethal) "made in China" products banned or recalled by the US Consumer Products Safety Commission in 2007.
It's a big list. Well-known killers like Thomas the Tank Engine of Death and Antifreeze Toothpaste are in here, but so are less-known gems like "razor blades for kids," "lead bracelets," "toxic jackets," and "dangerously crappy hammocks."
Link (thanks, Fred Hall)
Reader comment: Dan says,
This reminded me of the great old SNL skit with Dan Akroyd portraying
a purveyor of such "exciting" toys:
"Okay, Miss, I wanna correct you, alright. The full name of this
product, as it appears in stores all over the county, is Johnny
Switchblade: Adventure Punk. I mean, nothing goes wrong.. little girls
buy 'em, you know, they play games, they make up stories, nobody gets
hurt. I mean, so Barbie takes a knife once in a while, or Ken gets
cut. You know, there's no harm in that. I mean, as far as I can see,
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