Readers — Please first take a guess as to why the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled these shoes last week. Then, read the real rationale. (Boldface mine.)Â
Recall Date: February 20, 2014
Eastman Footwear Recalls Coleman Runestone Childrenâ€™s Shoes Due to Laceration Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Hazard: The metal rivets surrounding the holes where the shoestring is secured on the shoes can have sharp edges, posing a laceration hazard.
Units: About 12,200
Description: The Runestone childrenâ€™s shoes are black with gray mesh fabric panels on the side of the shoe with a green â€œColemanâ€ logo name and lantern graphic on the tongue. The black shoestrings on the shoes are threaded through green fabric tabs on the top of the shoe.Â
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of an adult who scratched or cut his finger. No medical attention was required.
Lenore here: So, I just got back from Mexico where, one night, Â I was on a bus where the bus driver’s 4-year-old son was hanging onto the back of his daddy’s seat. No seatebelt, no carseat — nothing. This is not to recommend unbuckled 4-year-olds. I believe in carseats and seatbelts. It’s just to remind us that our standards for safety are already so above and beyond much of the world’s, it feels like we have no place to go but off into the stratosphere of psychedelic uber-safety, where we hallucinate dangers and then dream up elaborate procedures to defuse them. Â
An adult maybe scratched his finger?
If that’s all it takes to turn a shoe into a hazard, what ISN’T hazardous? – L.Â