Sunday, June 7, 2009
Part of my job is monitoring the Consumer Product Safety Council, a group that I post about occasionally. They are a government agency that finds products that are both dangerous and dangerously cute.
But what I didn't know about the CPSC is how inexplicably they are intertwined with my own life. During college summer break, I temped at global-toymaker Hasbro in Pawtucket, RI in 1999 or so. It was at the same time as the Star Wars Episode I release, so lightsaber fever was in the air. And Hasbro makes lightsabers, so I felt like a king.
But the lightsabers were faulty - a simple spring in them could overheat and cause a fire. So we were mailed out "repair kits" (a new spring with lengthy instructions) to everyone in the U.S. who wanted one. And who led this important crusde? The CPSC, naturally.
Think about it, though - what product needs safety precautions more than a frickin lightsaber? You wouldn't want one of these going off in your pocket during a classroom demonstration...
Posted by Jonathan Rubin