Today the world’s largest toy maker, Mattel, announced yet another toy recall. This time they are recalling almost 850,000 toys due to excessive amounts of lead. The new recall includes 11 toys in all with such household names like Barbie involved yet again. This makes the total of Chinese-made recalled toys from Mattel in the past five weeks almost 21 million.
The recall includes Barbie kitchen and furniture items, Fisher-Price toy trains, and Bongo Band drums. While no injuries have been reported thus far, this is really getting to be an all too common occurrence. We are now approaching the holiday season and parents will undoubtedly be more cautious about buying Chinese-made toys and from Mattel in general.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating the Mattel recalls and may look at whether the defects were reported to the agency quickly enough. Since 2001, Mattel has been fined more than $2 million for failing to report recalls to the agency in a “timely manner.”
This year about 60 percent of U.S. recalls were made in China, and included everything from toothpaste and pet food to the recent onslaught of children’s toys. While China has vowed to better their testing and quality control methods the U.S. consumers will have to just wait and see what is around the next corner.
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