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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

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Wow! My stepmother is Scottish and always gets those eggs for my kids! I had no idea and will be definately on the lookout for that now!

I've had them. Here in the US. A friend from Australia had them sent over.

I'm a bit torn on this particular issue.

I mean, they are supremely cool candy/toys. I cherish the little toy I got in mine. And it does say right on the packaging what is inside. So I do have a sense of well the parent bought it KNOWING what was inside, who's fault is that?

On the other hand I think that recalls for the mass safety of consumers can be excellent if used to protect us from things like lead, toys that are marketed to small children with swallowable parts, etc. Sometimes I wonder when warnings and bans go to far.

This one... I'm not sure which side I stand on really. And thankfully I don't have to decide. I would never give one of these candies with a toy inside to a small child. Not even an older child without warning them and making sure they are careful. A parent who knew what was in the chocolate and didn't watch... well, I say negligence on their part. (Mind you, I am horrified that a little boy died because of this thing, but I think one can only blame the candy so much.)

At the risk of being the odd one out, and upsetting you my friend, I say yes, these toys are dangerous to small children unsupervised. Parents ought to be responsible for what goes in their kids mouths. Parents should read the labels on the things they give their children. However, there's such a thing as age appropriate. No one's banning Lego or all the other dangerous hard candies out there (a friend in elementary school went to the ER because he choked on a jawbreaker).

There's got to be a balance. If we ban everything that's bad for kids, where's the fun for adults who love the things? Or older kids who can be safe with them?

I don't have an answer.

The one thing I do think, and you mention it in your other post in the comments is there are things that SHOULD NOT be allowed. Lead. Yes. BAD. Choking parts in toys for children who will be putting things in their mouth. BAD.

That said, these candies? That's an adults choice to buy them. A two year old can't go buy them at the store by themselves. Same with Legos or just about anything else that could be dangerous.

Maybe that's the step that needs taken: responsible consumers who hold producers responsible when they mislabel or are negligent.

I understand your concern and your worry. However, there is a limit to what governments can do because they are run by the people who vote or live in those countries (or by the corrupt politicians who are in the government) and not all of them have the same concerns you do. At the end of the day, it's the parents responsibility to protect their children by being responsible consumers.

kiki: Let the kids eat the chocolate and then take the toy away!

Autumn: Actually, I agree with most of what you say. Your arguments are rational and logical.

Really, the entire adult world of home furnishings is a disaster waiting to happen when it comes to young kids, often in ways much worse than toys. A visit to one of our grandmas brings terror to our hearts (and hers) because there are so many things to break and ingest.

In many ways, it would just be easier to stay at a hotel. And I agree that governments can only do so much.

With the chocolate eggs, the writer claims there were more than 100 choking incidents with the toys. More than one child has died.

There is another factor, though, that's always at the back of my head, something I began to realize as a parent: Parents have less control over what gets in their kids hands and mouths than you would think.

You wouldn't believe what other people give your kids when you're not looking: think schools, daycare, birthday parties, playdates, etc. And kids move much faster than I ever imagined.

What makes these candies particularly difficult is the packaging, which seem directed right at the youngest kids. Any 5-year-old or younger that sees one of these things knows there is candy inside. Maybe if they were packaged more specifically to adults?

I'm lucky: my kids know not to open things without permission. But a lot of parents have kids that explore everything. Even the most eagle-eyed parent walks out of the room for a few minutes to find their kids six shelves up the bookcase.

But we both agree on lead. There simply is no excuse for it showing up in any product.


I grew up in Germany and have many fond memories of these eggs. I wasn't allowed to get them until I was 5 or 6 years old and the toys were always kept out of reach by my parents.

I have to admit that they were very fun and I believe they have age ratings (4+ if I recall) on them.

My mom still works for the government and has heard many stories of people returning from Europe with these in their luggage only to have them confiscated by customs.

If people followed the age ratings on many items, I think there would be fewer problems. I am a big fan of board games especially the "German" genre (a class of games with inventive mechanics and lots of wooden pieces generally). I would hate for these to be banned from import if children get hurt by the pieces in games that are clearly marked for older ages.

I am amazed how many times we have to remind family and friends that the gifts they give our toddler son need to be age appropriate. Most people ignore the guides on the products even though these age guides serve as safety guidelines.

Come ON PEOPLE!!!! It's a PLASTIC toy and a piece of choclate! It's a confection....not really necessary to your LIFE! Especially if it TAKES a life. Think about if these were YOUR children that were being hurt! Sheesh!

I wasn't sure what to post in today's reply - but just out of curiosty is there some type of 'warning' stating there's a toy in these eggs? Reason for asking is, logically I wouldn't buy my toddler or child a good item that contained a toy inside due to the fear of them choking on it. It takes seconds for this to happen and to read about the father who lost his baby to this tragic. My deepest sympathies but thank you for sharing the info. Onto to other recalls - as I said yesterday - things are poorly made - if people would actually put some 'thought' into what they're making toywise we wouldn't have so many recalls. My 2 year old son recieved a toy soilder gift set - my '2 year old' - it contined the tinest little pieces (guns, swords, tires, ect). Point being - logically I haven't opened it and intend to toss it. I don't want my 6 year old playing it with it either because of all the risks of his 2 year old brother getting ahold of the items. I was aware of the easy bake ovens... I remember saying to my husband when they were very popluar - what a brillant idea! Give a child an oven (hot item) and let them play with it, you watch in the matter of months these things will be recalled because some child is going to seriously hurt. But I do have to say - your posts are well thought and make 100% sense, sometimes - if parents would just pay attention more to what they're purchasing; there wouldn't be so many issues. But once again.. GREAT post.

Jim: There's no question there are tons of dangerous items and products out there. The problem here seems to be that fact that the candy is marketed to very young children. I'm not familiar with the German games you mention.

Kendra: Thank you for seeing my point.

Manda: Thanks! We've had the same problem where we bought toys for our older son, but when his sister came along, oh boy. Suddenly everything was dangerous again.

Brett-

I understand that the problem is that it is a confection, but the advertising isn't marketed to kids below an age that should be able to handle the toys.

There are very explicit warnings on the outsides of each egg saying that they should not be given to children under three; that they pose a choking hazard. This picture shows it pretty explicitly (albeit in German).

http://www.indiebride.com/indiemom/blog/uploaded_images/IMG_0083-764660.JPG

My point is that there are many dangerous toys and objects in the world. You shouldn't give an under five year old a GI Joe action figure and all of its little plastic accessories, but MANY people do even though the packaging states that they are meant for ages 5 and up (as this picture illustrates).

http://scoop.diamondgalleries.com/news_images/7070_18965_3.jpg

Joes are marketed to kids as well. Take any "action figure" line and I bet you will see a toddler wielding one out in public anywhere you go in the US because care givers often do not heed the age recommendations of most toys.

That's my only point.

I would be interested in seeing how many of the child injuries happened to children under the age recommendations of the product itself.


I think that would be very informative. I would also be interested in finding out how the CPSC handles reports of problems with a toy if the problems happened to people under the age recommendations listed on the packaging. What is the process there? I would love to know that if anyone knows.

when we lived abroad our kids were very little and love the kinder eggs. But we'd be sure to take the toy out of it first when my son had one (he was 1); my four year old daughter we also kept an eye on as she opened hers. But I suppose that if there are actually kids dying from these, then that should outweigh the "right" to sell them. Maybe they could start putting little sugary candy toys inside that wouldn't cause choking....

Jim: With toys, I agree that labeling can work when it comes to choking hazards. With candy, I have a lot harder time. After all, kids think ALL candy is for them. (Not that they should, but they do.)

The e-mail that was sent to me says there were more than a hundred choking incidents and several deaths, but I would need more documentation before posting that information beyond the comment section.

Chip: That would seem the most obvious solution, but the company hasn't chosen that route.

Let's see . . .

At the risk of letting my anger get the best of me, I cannot disagree more with those of you who claim this is a non-issue because "there are lots of other things that are choking hazards too."

Are Legos and pen caps wrapped in fucking chocolate? I'm sorry, but if you wrap something in chocolate it becomes immediately of interest to a kid. Kids cannot read warnings on labels.

Kids are not going to just walk over to a table when no ones looking and pop a Lego in their mouths because it looks yummy.

We all have lived into adulthood by the grace of God, many lucky breaks, and because we had parents and authority figures who did their damnedest to limit the dangers in our little worlds.

This story is about a parent who lost his child - those of you who believe he got what he deserved should be ashamed of yourselves.

Nicely said.

I feel very sad for those parents that have lost a child because of the choking hazard in this candy. I also know that there are lots of other things that are choking hazards too and as a parent we have to be constantly on the alert for these products and be cautious about where we spend our money. Better to be safe than sorry.

Agree with you Philip. A parent losing child is just too sad.

Every measure must be taken to save a child and every life.

great post and cute pics of the kids

That is just so terribly sad. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

just caring the little child...thanks to your post

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