Wacky warning winner: Stop car when nature calls

Associated Press
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Itching to use "The Original Off-Road Commode," a toilet seat that attaches to the back of your vehicle?
Stop driving first, warns the product's makers, taking first place in an annual contest recognizing silly warning labels.
The "Wacky Warning Labels" contest, which announced its winners Wednesday, is intended to show how frivolous lawsuits distort the U.S. civil justice system, said organizer Bob Dorigo Jones.

"We want to expose how the American civil justice system is out of whack, and this contest allows us to use humor as a hook to start an important debate over how much consumers and families spend because of frivolous lawsuits, how much more they spend on everything from medicine to automobiles," he said.
But a critic says the contest itself is frivolous.
"With all the problems in the country today the economic meltdown, two wars, swine flu what's ridiculous is that a group thinks this is an important issue to be covering," said Joanne Doroshow, executive director of the New York-based Center for Justice & Democracy, which defends the civil justice system.
"The fact is that warning labels do save many lives, and our country would be suffering quite a bit more without them," she said.
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