Earlier in the year we couldn't decide if the design of Tide Pods was useful or silly. Turns out it's a third, unforeseen thing: Dangerous. The Washington Post reports that the colorful little detergent packs--both the Tide ones made by Procter & Gamble, and knock-offs made by competitors--look a little too much like candy, according to nearly 250 reported instances of children eating the things.
Luckily no deaths have been reported, though some children required hospitalization and in one extreme case a child was placed on a ventilator. Unsurprisingly P&G says there's a re-design in the works--but not of the Pods themselves; rather, the lids of the containers holding them will reportedly be beefed up.
Our initial Tide Pods post garnered a flurry of comments, both for and against the product. (We were surprised that the redesign of a detergent would inspire that kind of passion, but that's why Core77's readers rock.) Our question this time is, would you consider this an actual design flaw, or is a lack of parental supervision to blame? And if it's the latter, do you think a child-proof lid will be enough to do the trick?