1.6 Million Cribs Recalled
Back in October, Delta Enterprise Corporation recalled nearly 1.6 million drop side cribs after two babies suffocated when the cribs' drop side detached. The news was issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Delta crib recall included 985,000 cribs with Delta's "Crib Trigger Lock with Safety Peg" drop side hardware and about 600,000 cribs with Delta's "Crib Trigger Lock with Spring Peg" drop side hardware.
Since January 2006, pit bulls have killed 50 American citizens. That's one killing every 20 days. 14 of these deaths (28%) have occurred to ages 4 and under.
In this same period, the number of people severely injured by pit bulls is exponential, as is the number of pets killed by these dogs. The burden of these deaths and injuries falls on the shoulders of U.S. taxpayers. We pay Animal Control services, first responder services -- including police officers, Medic One teams, helicopter and ambulance services. We pay hospital bills when the victim or dog owner cannot, which is frequent.
"Product liability" does not exist for breeders. Breeders of dangerous dogs pay nothing at all. As John Makus recently pointed out, it is time to stop tolerating these injuries and deaths. It is time to stop tolerating the high emotional and financial costs of these maulings. As one can see in the Delta crib recall, we as a society do not tolerate defective or dangerous products. We hold corporations accountable to deliver safe products.
06/06/08: Cincinnati Police Kill Two Pit Bulls in Separate Shootings in Same Day
04/23/08: Comment: How Much Do Pit Bulls Cost All of Us?