It seems recall is the word nowadays.
Mattel has recalled and is still recalling its Fisher-Price toys that feature various Nickelodeon and Sesame Street characters due to lead poisoning hazard. Suddenly, Elmo and Dora seem no longer cute and cuddly. Mattel is also recalling its Polly Pocket play sets. This toy contains magnets that fall off due to manufacturing defects. If swallowed, these magnets could fatally cause choking or intestinal perforation or blockage.
All in all, this recall cost Mattel a whooping US$30 million and its stocks dipped. It involved almost 19 million toys worldwide. The disgraced head of the toy factory in China , which Mattel blame for the lead-tainted toys, has committed suicide.
Now, Nokia announced its own recall of 46 million batteries (marked BL-5C) made by Matsushita Battery Industrial Company of Japan between December 2005 and November 2006. It's due to around 100 overheating cases that occurred globally. Though there were no reports of serious injuries or property damage because of these defective, overheating batteries, Nokia decided to recall.
Better safe than sorry. Err on the safe side. Risk profit loss and falling stocks now rather than face a lot of class suits later. But there are some things in life that cannot be recalled. Words we say. Text messages and e-mails we send. Gossips we share. Criticisms we throw. Insults we hurl. "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." (Proverbs 12:18, NIV) Instead of piercing, may our words bring healing!
Words are like arrows. Once an arrow is released from the bow, it is impossible to take back. We may not be able to take our words back. But we can ask for forgiveness. Thus, we have to be careful next time so we will not face a recall.
Brethren, "A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver." (Proverbs 25:11, NIV)


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