September 5, 2007
The world's largest toy maker has issued another recall at the urging of the Consumer Products Safety Commision. 800,000 toys made in China with too much lead paint are being pulled off the shelves by Mattel.
The products include Barbie furniture, the Geo Trax locomotive and Bongo Band drums. Popular Barbie dolls were not recalled.
"It is dangerous with the lead poisoning. It is scary, very scary" said one consumer.
This is the 3rd time in five weeks that Mattel has been forced to recall toys. In August, more than 20 million toys were pulled and it all comes at a time when most stores are stocking up for Christmas.
Consumer confidence is an issue Mattel officials are clearly concerned about.
"In recent weeks, we promised consumers we would focus on ensuring the safety and quality of our toys, through extensive testing of finished products and through investigation of our vendors" said Robert Eckert, Mattel CEO.
Most of those vendors make their toys in China and that is proving to be a problem. Chinese authorities claim to be cracking down on the use of lead paint and other quality control concerns but U.S. officials say that's not enough.
"It is the obligation of the U.S. firm to make sure any products they bring
into the U.S. meet those U.S. laws" said Patty Davis of the Consumer Products Safety Division.
With 80% of all toys sold worldwide made in China, several other U.S.
toy-makers have also been forced to recall products recently. Not exactly what shoppers want to hear as the holiday season draws closer.
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