You may recall that in 2007, the Chicago Tribune conducted an intensive investigation into lead-tainted toys, testing over 800 products and snaring Walgreens, Ty Girlz, and Baby Einstein products. Their “Kids At Risk” series also encompassed magnets, cribs, car seats, bassinets, and food.

Their watchdogging got a lot of attention, and in the wake of what Consumer Reports termed The Year of the Recall (PDF) , Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, sponsored by Bobby Rush.

Protecting kids! What could go wrong?