Mattel apologizes to China for toy recalls

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Toys

If you are mad at China's toy manufacturers for all the recalled toys, you should know that it's not their fault. At least according to Mattel, the toy company for whom a large portion of those toxic toys were manufactured.

In a meeting today with Chinese product safety chief Li Changjiang, Mattel executive vice president for worldwide operations, Thomas A. Debrowski, issued an apology and took full responsibility for the massive toy recalls. "Our reputation has been damaged lately by these recalls. And Mattel takes full responsibility for these recalls and apologizes personally to you, the Chinese people, and all of our customers who received the toys," Debrowski said.

Mattel recalled more than 21 million toys in the past few months due to lead paint concerns and the use of small magnets that could be swallowed by children. Apparently all those recalls made the Chinese toy manufacturers mad, as they say they were a result of design faults on the part of Mattel. And Mattel's Debrowski agrees that the "vast majority of those products that were recalled were the result of a design flaw in Mattel's design, not through a manufacturing flaw in China's manufacturers."

Debrowski goes on to admit that the toy recalls were overdone and included "toys that may not have had lead in paint in excess of the U.S. standards."

I don't get this. Is Debrowski saying that the recalled toys were designed with lead paint and loose magnets?

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