Wacky Warning Label contest offers up doozies

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A 'Do Not Drink' label on a cellphone battery booster is a finalist in the 17th annual Wacky Warning Label contest.

Others in the running include a sticker on a brand of football helmets that warns: "No helmet system can protect you from serious brain and/or neck injuries including paralysis or death. To avoid these risks, do not engage in the sport of football."

Then there's "Do not drink," which appears on a printer ink toner cartridge, and "Do not push vehicle while child is riding on it." That warning graces a Mickey Mouse 4-in-1 Ride On toy.

The contest was created by Bob Dorigo Jones, the bestselling author of Remove Child Before Folding: The 101 Stupidest, Silliest and Wackiest Warning Labels Ever.

Past winners include: "Remove child before folding" - on a baby stroller, "Does not supply oxygen" - on a dust mask, and "Harmful if swallowed" - a warning on a brass fishing lure with a three-pronged hook!

In a statement, Jones said, "In the era of excessive litigation in America, product makers must constantly guard against being sued for not warning about even the most obvious things -- like a recent label I saw which said 'Shin pads cannot protect any part of the body they do not cover.'

"Another new trend is mistranslated warning labels on products made by foreign companies -- like a warning label on a cell phone battery charger that says 'Get rid of children.'

"It's an example of foreign companies attempting to protect themselves against American litigation once they put a product into our stream of commerce," Jones said.


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