Institure for Policy Innovation
Why Are There so Many Ridiculous Warning Labels?
Dr. Merrill Matthews of the Institute for Policy Innovation says it’s the trial attorneys.
Lawsuits are out of control in the U.S., so lots of companies place ridiculous warning labels on their products, just to protect themselves.
A group called Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch tracks these labels and posts them on its website. For example:
A label on a baby stroller warns: “Remove child before folding.”
A 13-inch wheel on a wheelbarrow warns: “Not intended for highway use.”
A household iron cautions: “Never iron clothes while they are being worn.”
A flushable toilet brush says: “Do not use for personal hygiene.”
And a carpenter’s electric drill warns: “This product is not intended for use as a dental drill.”
Now, let me close with this warning: This commentary is not intended to defame any of those bloodsucking trial lawyers.