Feb 172005

For the last eight years, the Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch has sponsored a Wacky Warning Labels contest to pick the most absurd labels put on products to avoid frivolous lawsuits. This year’s winners were announced on Dick Purtan’s show on WOMC.

* First place is a disposable toilet brush that reads: “Do not use for personal hygiene.”
* Second place went to a label on a popular scooter for children that warns: “This product moves when used.”
* Third place was this warning on a digital thermometer: “Once used rectally, the thermometer should not be used orally.”
* Fourth place was a label on an electric hand blender promoted for use in “blending, whipping, chopping and dicing,” that warns: “Never remove food or other items from the blades while the product is operating.”

Some of the previous winners were real gems too:

A label on a baby stroller warns: “Remove child before folding.”
A brass fishing lure with a three-pronged hook on the end warns: “Harmful if swallowed.”
A household iron warns users: “Never iron clothes while they are being worn.”
A label on a hair dryer reads, “Never use hair dryer while sleeping.”
A warning on an electric drill made for carpenters cautions: “This product not intended for use as a dental drill.”

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