True story published in the Wall Street Journal: A mom bought a motorcycle helmet on Amazon for her son who died when he collided with a car. This motorcycle helmet was labeled safe according to USA federal standards. Not safe, the helmet was made in China and re-sold on Amazon by a tiny outfit in California When tested, these Chinese made motorcycle helmets crack on impact. There’s about 4,000+ of these helmets still in circulation.
Former Amazon employee Rachael Johnson Greer managed Amazon’s safety systems until 2015. For a number of years the safety section at Amazon consisted of three persons. Greer now advises third-party Amazon sellers.
Rachael Greer estimates that in 2017 roughly 80% of Amazon’s third-party sellers did not comply with federal, state or industry safety labeling and the vast majority of issues were not having proper warnings and labels.
For the complete story, check out the Wall Street Journal article week of 8/25/2019. Providing useful information concerning safety gives consumers choice and freedom.
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