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Toy recall: Two sides to story?

By asoglin
Wednesday, September 5th, 2007 at 12:12 pm in Toy Recalls.

mattelMattel reacted too slow in taking its toys tainted with lead off the market. Or Mattel reacted diligently by yanking even the smallest accessories, and doing so well before the holiday shopping season rush. It seems Mattel has critics and fans alike in the wake of its latest recall, the third this summer. This one resulted in 844,000 toys, ranging from Fisher-Price to Barbie, being pulled from shelves because of lead paint. For those keeping count, that brings Mattel’s recall total to more than 20 million toys since Aug. 2.

recall2A spokesperson acknowledged Tuesday that the Consumer Product Safety Commission has an “open” investigation into Mattel’s entire recall. The commission stopped short of saying timeliness was at issue.

On the other side of the spectrum, Jim Silver, editor-in-chief of the consumer magazine Toy Wishes, said in a Dow Jones’ article that Mattel showed the thoroughness of its internal inspection by including small parts of larger playsets in the latest recall. For example, only the dog and cat figurines in the Barbie Dream puppy house and kitty condo are being recalled.

We can only hope now that this recall is indeed the last one involving lead-contaminated toys made in China, or else buying toys for our kids this holiday season will be a precarious undertaking.
Ann Tatko-Peterson

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