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Wacky Warning Labels : )
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DD    Posted 05-19-2004 at 14:03:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
You Have Been Warned
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In 1997, Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch (M-LAW) began a contest to
expose how frivolous lawsuits, and a concern about potential
frivolous lawsuits, have led to a new cultural phenomenon:
the wacky warning label.

You have probably heard about the lawsuit over a spilled cup of
coffee. However, there are many other silly lawsuits involving
products that have received far less attention. For example,
did you know a man received $50,000 when he sued a small company
that makes basketball nets because he claimed the company was
responsible when he caught his teeth in a net while dunking a
ball? People who make products hear about these outrageous
lawsuits, and they often decide to slap common sense warnings on
their product... “just in case.”

Over the years, M-LAW has received hundreds of warning labels
from people around the world. M-LAW verifies the authenticity
of each label and selects the “Top 5” for each year.

Following is a list of some of the best labels from the first
five contests:

A warning on an electric router made for carpenters cautions:
“This product not intended for use as a dental drill.”

A warning label found on a baby stroller cautions the user to
“Remove child before folding”

A prescription of sleeping pills says,
“Warning: May cause drowsiness

A sticker on a toilet at a public facility in Ann Arbor,
Michigan actually warns:
“Recycled flush water unsafe for drinking.”

A massage chair warns: "DO NOT use massage chair without
clothing... and, Never force any body part into the backrest
area while the rollers are moving."

A snowblower warns: "Do not use snowthrower on roof.²"

A dishwasher carries this warning: "Do not allow children to
play in the dishwasher."

A CD player carries this unusual warning: “Do not use the
Ultradisc2000 as a projectile in a catapult.”

An “Aim-n-Flame” fireplace lighter cautions,
“Do not use near fire, flame or sparks”

A label on a hand-held massager advises consumers not to use
“while sleeping or unconscious”

A container of underarm deodorant says,
“Caution: Do not spray in eyes”

A cartridge for a laser printer warns, “Do not eat toner”

A household iron warns users:
“Never iron clothes while they are being worn”

A label with a hair dryer reads,
“Never use hair dryer while sleeping”

A 13-inch wheel on a wheelbarrow warns:
“Not intended for highway use”

A cardboard car sunshield that keeps sun off the dashboard
warns, “Do not drive with sunshield in place”

A Bathroom Heater says:
“This product is not to be used in bathrooms”

A can of self-defense pepper spray warns users:
“May irritate eyes”

A warning on a pair of shin guards manufactured for bicyclists
says: “Shin pads cannot protect any part of the body they do not
cover.”

A popular manufactured fireplace log warns:
“Caution - Risk of Fire”

A box of birthday cake candles says: “DO NOT use soft wax as ear
plugs or for any other function that involves insertion into a
body cavity.

You can read other wacky warning labels at http://www.mlaw.org

Thank you for inviting MountainWings in your mailbox.
See you tomorrow.
Ya know, the saddest part about all this is ya know some idjit actually DID these things ; )



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