I often ponder how “Made in the USA” goods can become more marketable. Products made here are often of better quality, but more expensive to buy. To some extent, US-manufactured goods can save our economy.
But what could possibly propel tight-fisted consumers to buy pricier nationally-made goods?
When I saw the Delta crib recall today, it hit me: Danger. “Made in China” has always had its risks, like lead-tainted toys. Now, parents have even more evidence that avoiding Chinese-made goods will keep their tots safe. From Reuters:
China, embroiled in a tainted milk scandal that has made thousand of infants sick, said it took product safety very seriously, especially where children were concerned, after a new report about faulty Chinese-made cribs.
New York-based Delta Enterprises recalled on Monday almost 1.6 million cribs made in China, Indonesia and Taiwan after it said two babies died. It did not give details.
The crib recall is one of the largest in U.S. history and follows another recall of 2,000 cribs, also made in China, which was issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Thursday.
It comes about a year after a massive recall of Chinese toys tainted with lead and sold by Mattel Inc.
Tragic as the situation is, endangered children may provide the perfect impetus for parents–one set of consumers among many–to go American-made. For a list of Made in USA baby products and cribs, check out this website.