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Thursday, August 16, 2007


On my recent blog regarding the recall of mattel products in the market, Nokia too began to recall dangerous cellphone batteries (BL-5C series) for some of their models. One of the stories is about a housewife charging her new expensive cellphone when it suddenly exploded. Quickly she took pictures and documented what happened then sent it to Nokia.
Overcharging of battery is not new to Nokia products as we consumers know. It may cause short circuit for some phones. When you overcharge a Nokia cellphone and got it damaged along the process, sure as hell your friendly neighborhood store won't replace the product (this is common in the Philippines). My hunch is that, Nokia knew it all along but didn't mind it until a case might be filed to them. Swell! Their sales could surely feed a starving third world and they can't even perform their obligations for their consumers' safety. C'mon guys admit it.

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

mattel's kiss of death

Is playing with Elmo from Sesame Street safe?
In my recent blog regarding a Greener Apple, never would have it crossed my mind that even an established and trusted company such as mattel would also be a hazard to our child's health. But in fairness to mattel, they quickly made recalls from some of their hazardous products made by their contractors from China(complete list of recalled products). The toys containing-approved paint pigment with lead has long been banned in the market for a long time and to such surprise went under the eyes of the company. Recalling their products may be a kiss-of-death to mattel, however we should also praise their dedication to their costumers. On the other hand, I still feel that mattel should do more than just recalling their products, better yet replace the ones they sold with a safer product, if your child is still willing to part ways with the original toy. For the full text from mattel click here.

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