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  • WSJ: Big Tech's Hidden Costs

    Congress and federal regulators do very little to police Amazon, Facebook and other big technology platforms that dominate the global economy and modern life. The companies say it's not their responsibility to protect consumers from online hazards, due to carve-outs in federal law for digital platforms. The Wall Street Journal investigated the many ways tech companies are passing on that responsibility—and the potential risks—to unwitting consumers. The Journal's reporting stopped Facebook from collecting sensitive personal data including users' menstrual cycles and heart rates; alerted parents to the lack of vetting for prospective nannies with police records including child abuse, sexual assault and murder; and forced Amazon to remove thousands of federally banned and unsafe products including toys with dangerous levels of lead.
  • Kids and Cadmium: Dangers Exposed

    After U.S. lawmakers barred toy manufacturers from using lead in their products, they began replacing that ingredient with cadmium. Products containing the equally as dangerous ingredient were on the shelves of many national chain stories, including Wal-mart. The reporter shows evidence that Wal-Mart knew some of its products were contaminated and had no plans to stop selling them.
  • Playing with Poison

    KHOU-TV conducted its own extensive testing of toys in the Houston area to check their lead content. They tested items from national chains, to local mom-and-pop stores. Throughout the process they consulted with experts to make sure they had the accurate testing and interpreted the data correctly. They found that 9 toys, which were sold on a national level, had "excessive and dangerous levels of lead."
  • Toxic Trinkets

    After national coverage of toy recalls in the United States, KVOA wanted to localize the story. Using an X-ray gun to examine toys, they found some with lead content over 600 parts per million. They then took all the toys back and did lab testing. "By using lab testing, the entire toy's paint is scraped off and dissolved in acid- then an overall reading is obtained." This resulted in some toys having different lead levels. They found that for some toys, certain parts had over the 600 ppm, but overall the toy was under the amount.
  • Hidden Hazards

    This investigation exposed how the Consumer Product Safety Commission fails to protect American children from injury and death. This series examines the dangers of certain kinds of products such as cribs, magnetic toys and jewelry and spinning tops to show what specific dangers they might cause and why they are still on the market. The seriest also examined the production chain of Chinese jewelry that had been recalled, and showed how some products slip through gaps and are still on the market.
  • CR Investigates New Worries Over Lead

    This investigation tested dozens of products and found that many, especially those for children, contained unsafe levels of lead. Many of the toys tested had never been recalled before; the findings reported in this investigation exposed big gaps in federal guidelines, which allowed all of these dangerous products to stay on the shelf.
  • Toxic Trinkets

    "The Tampa Tribune conducted an investigation of stores and federal regulations aimed at protecting consumers from hazardous products. It found that one in three children's trinkets bought randomly at local stores contained a level of lead considered a serious health risk to children younger than six. "
  • Trouble In Toyland

    After a toddler died from eating tiny magnets that fell off a toy, the Magnetix Building Set, the family contacted KOMO-TV. The following investigation found that building sets fell apart regularly and found "3 other children on the West Coast who were at death's doorstep after swallowing magnets."
  • Recalled Products at Daycare

    This investigation found that many states do not require daycares to check and see if they're using recalled products. As a result, several children have died because of recalled products -- like cribs, playpens and toys -- at their daycares.
  • The Problem with Recalls/Hazard in Aisle 5

    In the strong tradition of Consumer's Union reports on dangerous products, these articles look specifically at the six federal agencies responsible for "overseeing the safety of the full range of consumer products." The investigation found that weak laws and poor enforcement of recalls often result in dangerous and hazardous products making their way into homes across the country. Large percentages of recalled products are never turned in, one in three toys violates mandatory safety standards, and recalled goods are often exported to unsuspecting consumers in foreign countries.