Here are the top 12 most shocking product and toys recalls in the world from food that could give you e. coli to other product fails!
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Doesn’t it sound like a great idea to get put on a kite and have a high power boat drag you through the sky? Not really! The kite tube was made by Sportsstuff inc and it was basically a 10 foot wide circular inflatable watercraft that becomes airborne. People would try their best to stay on the kite tube 39 people were injured while operating this device, 29 of which needed hospitalization. Some of the injuries were quite severe, including: a broken neck, a punctured lung as well as facial injuries. Two of these people actually lost their lives. The suggestion statement on the product was featured next to crossbones and states:” never fly the kite higher than you are willing to fall.” Makes sense right? About 19,000 of these were recalled in 2006.
5. Samsung Galaxy Recalls
Samsung recalled the Note 7 smartphones recently in 2016 after some of the batteries exploded or caught on fire! Samsung Note 7’s were being recalled from shelves in 10 countries including South Korea and the United States. People who bought the Note 7 could switch it out for something new but people were disappointed with the product failure. There were 35 confirmed instances of this new smartphone catching on fire and even exploding! It was estimated that 1 in every 14000 had faulty batteries but most likely, no one is going to want to take that risk unless it’s the new iphone. Most customer stated that the phone exploded while being charged. This goes to show, just the smallest errors in things like this can lead to dangerous products. This is mostly due to high powered lithium batteries, storing too much energy. Guys might want to consider not placing this phones in their pockets if they're planning on having kids someday.
4. Tommee Tippee Sippee Cups
3.1 Millions of these children's cups were recalled for a rather strange reason. The spill proof cups were becoming infested with mold spores in the removable, one-piece, white valve. Even when cleaned, moisture would remain in this area and some parents just wouldn’t clean this part. There were over 3,000 consumer reports of mold in the valves and 68 concerned parents reported illnesses from their children. The angry parents, posted photos on the Tommee Tippee Sippee Cups facebook page to show their disgust with the product. Consumers are advised to stop using cups with piece white valves. The company agreed to replace the cups, in an attempt to keep some of their customers.
3. Baby Milk Powder
This doesn’t sound too appetizing. A huge scandal took place in China when an infant formula were containing a substance known as melamine was uncovered. This lead to an estimated 300,000 victims in total. Some children reportedly suffered from kidney stones and serious kidney damage with nearly 54,000 children being hospitalized. This lead to serious health concerns in china and a fear of exported goods from this country. Many countries refused to import goods from here, especially dairy products. The Chinese government prosecuted many people who were to blame executing two, placing 3 in prison for life and other serious punishments were administered. The substances placed in the milk were not well tested and over 2100 tons of powdered milk was destroyed and 9000 recalled.
2. Firestone and Goodyear Recall
Possible one of the worst defaults by a tire company, firestone and Goodyear tires were exploding and shredding like no one had seen before. When ford motors found several models of 15-inch Firestone had severely high failure rate, this lead to the rightful closing of manufacturing plants. But the tires were still out there! Firestone ultimately demanded for a recall of over 2.8 million tires! This eventually led to 175 deaths and 700 injuries for firestone while much fewer were affected by goodyear tires.
1. Chinese Product Recall
In 2007, China demanded a huge product recall and import bans were placed by the US, Canada, EU Australia and New Zealand when they began realizing certain products weren’t safe. Products shipped from China like pet food noticed that animals were falling ill and dying. It turns out it has the same chemical, melamine, that was placed in the baby milk powder. But this was just the tip of the iceberg. Marvel toys, recalled 175,000 dolls that apparently contained excessive amounts of lead paint. Lead is known to damage brain cells especially in children. In 2007, over 467 product recalls. An estimated 32 percent of all toys China exported contained lead. Toys like hotwheels even contained a deadly poison known as arsenic! The most likely reasoning for this is that heavy metals are much cheaper and using any other substance would likely push their costs up.