It's No Accident: How Corporations Sell Dangerous Baby Products First Edition Edition

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In this powerfully documented book E. Marla Felcher peels back the rhetoric of safety to expose a shocking story: The companies we have trusted with our most precious gifts have frequently ignored child safety in pursuit of the almighty dollar.

About the Author

Marla Felcher is a free-lance writer living in Cambridge Massachusetts. She has published articles in Wildlife Conservation, Mother Jones and Child magazines and add The Atlantic Monthly.* Before turning her writing hobby into a career, Ms. Felcher worked in marketing for Gillette, The Talbots clothing chain, and as a consultant for M & M Mars, and Ben & Jerry’s. She earned a Ph.D. in Marketing from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (1992), where she subsequently taught at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the Medill School of Journalism.
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  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press; First Edition edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567512046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567512045
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,300,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Linda Ginzel and Boaz Keysar on April 22, 2001
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American families trust that the products our babies use, from strollers to cribs to swings, will keep them safe. Unfortunately, we found out the truth in the most terrible way. Our beloved son Danny was the fifth baby to die in the Playskool Travel-Lite Portable Crib. When we discovered that it had been recalled five years earlier, our friend Marla Felcher embarked on a groundbreaking investigation of the juvenile product industry that led to this book.
Read "It's No Accident" and ask yourself, why aren't American manufacturers required to safety test most baby products before marketing them? How can they be allowed to set their own voluntary safety standards? Why don't most parents hear about the tens of millions of unsafe children's products recalled every year? What is the CPSC and why can't it effectively protect our children from disabling injuries and death?
"It's No Accident", which Marla dedicated to Danny's memory, shows that his death was a symptom of a fundamentally-flawed system. Read this book and warn your friends. Nothing will bring Danny back to life, but "It's No Accident" will prevent other, needless tragedies. It is the cornerstone of the next big consumer movement.
Linda Ginzel and Boaz Keysar Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2001
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Do you think the government is protecting your children from unsafe products? If you believe this is so, THEN THINK AGAIN. Felcher does an admirable job pointing out the numerous flaws in the juvenile products industry and showing how your own young children could be at serious risk. For example, did you know that those popular bath seat rings actually contribute to bathtub drownings and that many, many popular juvenile products are recalled because they are dangerous without your knowing? You will be outraged after reading this book once you discover how little is being done to protect young children from dangerous products at the expense of corporate profit. This book is a must read for all parents of young children and would make a terrific baby shower gift.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2001
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Although the subject is deeply disturbing, this is a book that all new parents and caregivers should read. Through careful investigation and with thorough documentation, Felcher reveals the truth behind how products for infants and children are marketed without even the most minimal safety tests. Faulty or unsafe designs result in thousands of injuries and deaths a year, deaths that could have been avoided. Accompaning this exposee is solid and realistic advice on how to prevent such tragedies from occurring to your children. Incredibly important.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2001
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Grandparents buy a large percentage of infant products. This book clearly outlines the products that could prove dangerous. I recommend this book as a must for all prospective grandparents before they take that trip to buy what they believe to be safe for their granchildren.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2001
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Get beyond "this is too depressing", and take very seriously what this book is telling us. A must read for anyone that has any reason at all to buy any baby product (swings, carriers, portable cribs...). Especially parents and grandparents ready to go on a shopping spree for an expected baby. Great guidelines for parents and well written. Spread the word!!
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This book, despite being older, is a wonderful reference for any soon-to-be or new parent. It discusses how baby products can show up on a store shelf without even being tested properly, and how you can choose safe products for your baby. The book makes several real examples for this, including the deaths of 6 babies/toddlers from the Playskool Travel Lite Portable Crib, and how babies were still being killed by this products years after it had been recalled and taken off of the store shelves. The book also explains the working of the CPSC and how they go about recalls for baby and children products. Though the addresses, phone numbers, and stuff are outdated for the manufacturers, and a couple manufacturers in this book are out of business, it is still a very interesting book to read. Reading this book helped me make a decision in what brands of baby products to get my sister when she was pregnant.
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By Gail Siegel on March 12, 2001
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Marla Felcher has done something important. She's written an investigative book that unmasks the scandalous state of our federal regulatory system, and shows us what to do about it. This is a story that should outrage every parent who has used baby equipment -- from bath seats to portable cribs -- with blind trust. For there is, in fact, no insurance that this equipment is safe. Every year children and killed and maimed using products that their parents naively thought was designed to protect them. It is not adequately tested (if at all) and when it is found defective, recall advertising is half-hearted at best. This won't change until the Consumer Products Regulatory Commission has more money, and more legal power. Buy this book, read it and take action!
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