Make the Holiday Season a Little Safer-Avoid Wal-Mart
Dear GLP, Fourteen million. That is the number of unsafe toys involved in major recalls during the last year. These dangerous toys have caused needless deaths and serious injuries by exposing children to risks of choking, poisoning, dismemberment, burns, and other hazards. What company is responsible for bringing the bulk of these unsafe products to American consumers? Of course, it is Wal-Mart.
The corporate greed of irresponsible companies like Wal-Mart has brought an explosion of unsafe products in the marketplace. While Wal-Mart cuts costs by shipping American jobs overseas and importing over 70% of its products from China, the American consumer pays the price: deplorable product safety and poor product quality. Now, after years of manufacturers cutting corners to reduce costs, our children are literally at risk from their own cheaply-made toys.
Nothing is more unacceptable than allowing children to be put in harm's way. So, today we are calling on Senator Byron Dorgan, chair of the Subcommittee on Interstate Commerce, Trade & Tourism, to begin hearings on toy safety, and the impact of huge retailers like Wal-Mart on manufacturers. Though we are joined by several leading parent, consumer, and environmental advocacy groups, we still need your help to win the fight to ensure safer products for America's children.
About one of every three toys bought in America is sold at Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart has long had the economic clout to improve product safety in this country by holding it's suppliers to higher safety standards. Instead, it forces its suppliers to cut costs and cut corners, reaping higher profits from unsafe products. Now, it's time to hold Wal-Mart accountable.
Make your voice heard in the Senate. Let both Washington and Bentonville know that the safety of our children comes before Wal-Mart's bottom line.
Please don't stop there, remember to forward this email to your friends, family, and coworkers. Let this message be yet another way of wishing everyone you care about a happy, joyous, and above all, safe holiday season.
Thank you for all that you do, and season's greetings,