A recent article in Connecticut’s Journal Enquirer highlights the important exhibits at Ralph Nader’s Tort Law Museum, including a feature dedicated to the efforts of Swartz & Swartz founder, the late Edward M. Swartz, and the legacy carried on by the non-profit group, World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (WATCH). Swartz started a crusade against toy hazards, and the life-altering injuries suffered by children, when he testified before The National Commission on Product Safety in 1968.
The hallway devoted to harmful toys, described by the author as “an absolute highlight”, contains examples of explosives and other dangerous items manufactured and sold as playthings for minors. Among the “toys” displayed are “Jarts”, lawn darts which were banned in 1988 after more than 6,000 people were injured or killed, some with severe brain injuries.
The tireless work of Nader, Swartz and others to enhance safety through consumer advocacy and the civil justice system, provide shining examples of how individuals truly can make a difference.