Lawn darts. Killer baby cribs. Pool drains that disemboweled children. Cars that exploded in low-speed fender benders.
Even though consumer advocates got rid of those deathtraps years ago, U.S. industry is back with jet planes that fall from the sky, strollers that will smash your kid’s face in and — coming soon to a store near you — pork that may or may not have fecal contamination.
Because we don’t need regulation, right?
“I think we’re going backwards,” said Bette Bommer, 68, a retired phys-ed teacher from Staten Island who was standing before a tribute to one of the biggest consumer safety scandals of 20th-century America — the Ford Pinto.
“It just feels like they’re moving everything, all these products, out so fast, without caring about safety and people. It’s just about business now,” Bommer said.