In just a few days time, it will be illegal to sell the majority of small ATVs and motorcycles that are primarily intended for children under the age of 12. Why? According to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), any product that contains more than 600 ppm of lead in "substrate material" is hazardous and cannot be sold in the United States. While the CPSIA was drafted primarily in response to the growing concern of lead paint used on small toys, it has recently been pointe
Safety concerns and Chinese cars will go hand-in-hand until the country's automakers start building vehicles capable of undergoing a Western-market crash test regimen without performing involuntary exploratory surgery upon their occupants. Tuesday's announcement of another recall by Mattel showed that safety concerns apply to some Chinese-made toy cars as well. The car in question this time is "Sarge," the military Jeep character featured in Disney/Pixar's 2006 summer feature, Cars.