Recalls that you might not know about

November 3, 2011 1:26:34 PM PDT
For my birthday a couple of years ago, my wife and kids put together a great video skit looking back on my life.

Three segments: Me as an infant, as a teen, and as a college student. It was very funny. But it was also filled with tons of social commentary, including a bit with my mom (portrayed by my oldest daughter) smoking, and telling my protesting dad (portrayed by my son) that he shouldn't worry about damaging my little lungs. "Even our pediatrician smokes. Relax - they wouldn't sell these things if they weren't safe."

Of course we know differently these days.

But it's not just true about cigarettes. The whole consumer enterprise is a giant leap of faith. Nowhere is that more apparent than parents buying equipment for their infants and toddlers. When my two-year-old was an infant, we put her in this really cool sling. So natural - just like they used to do it. Once my wife suggested that our little bundle looked a tad uncomfortable as she was sleeping in the sling, her little neck scrunched into her chest. Relax, I remember saying or at least thinking - they wouldn't sell these things if they weren't safe.

A few months later there was a huge recall for these "natural" slings because babies could suffocate.

And how about those Maclaren foldable strollers - so popular, but so dangerous because little fingers can be cut off in the folding mechanism.

The folks at Maclaren issued a recall - and came up with a simple fix. But many people never knew there was a recall. And if you've had a child recently - you know - there are so many products that are recalled, it's hard to keep up with them.

Tonight at 11, our Nina Pineda takes a closer look at the problem - and offers a solution of sorts. A website that keeps parents informed about all recalls involving children.

The Occupy Wall Street movement now getting more publicity for what they're doing than for what they want.

Residents ticked off. Dozens of protesters arrested - and they're each demanding a trial. And now word that the movement has had so many donations, organizers (such as they are) are now having to keep accurate books. Donations now approaching half a million dollars!

We'll have the latest on the demonstrations, including some rather violent outbursts in Oakland, California, at 11.

More than 400,000 customers still without power in Connecticut. The powerless numbers now far less in other areas. But it's a tough situation for all those people up north. We'll have the latest at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg with his AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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