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August 02, 2007

Another Recall: Fisher-Price Recalls Almost 1 Million Toys for Lead Paint

Posted in: Business,Child Welfare,Economy,World

Another recall with products coming from China! This time for suspected use of lead Elmopaint. Lead paint? Toy maker Fisher Price is added to a long list of companies that have recently joined the “recall” list for their products. Why is it that so many of them are being manufactured in China? Fisher-Price is recalling nearly 1 million products.

Toy-maker Fisher-Price is recalling 83 types of toys—including the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters—because their paint contains excessive amounts of lead.

The worldwide recall being announced Thursday involves 967,000 plastic preschool toys made by a Chinese vendor and sold in the United States between May and August. It is the latest in a wave of recalls that has heightened global concern about the safety of Chinese-made products.

The recall is the first for Fisher-Price Inc. and parent company Mattel Inc. involving lead paint. It is the largest for Mattel since 1998 when Fisher-Price had to yank about 10 million Power Wheels from toy stores. (Breitbart)

Chinese quality on the spot, again

In a typical and predictable manner, Chinese officials when into CYA spin mode defending their quality and products. In what almost reads like, hey America … what’s a little lead paint … Chinese officials defend yet another recall.

China leapt to the defense of its products Thursday after Mattel Inc. said it was recalling 1.5 million Chinese-made toys worldwide because their paint may contain too much lead. (CNN)

Since when did lead paint and children mix? The real question is why are we even referencing lead pain and children’s toys in the same sentence.  China said it would work with the United States to improve product safety. That’s rather swell of the Chinese. Maybe they should have had that same thought process prior to the recall.

“Anytime a company brings a banned hazardous product into the U.S. marketplace, especially one intended for children, it is unacceptable,” said Nancy Nord, acting chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. “Ensuring that Chinese-made toys are safe for U.S. consumers is one of my highest priorities and is the subject of vital talks currently in place between CPSC and the Chinese government.” (Breitbart)

Lead paint prompts Fisher-Price recall

Click here for a list of some of the affected products. Go to the Fisher-Price web site for more details.   

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