Fisher Price Recalls One Million Toys Due to Lead
Although some might consider it a "feature", toy giant Fisher-Price today announced that they are recalling 83 types of toys cheaply made in China because the paint on the toys contain an unhealthy amount of lead.
Thanks to an internal probe (watch it) in one of their Chinese facilities, Fisher-Price discovered that it was churning out Dora and Elmos with more than .06 percent lead. Possibly deadly since everyone knows that little kids love nothing more than to put their colorful friends into their mouths. Lead be damned!
[David Allmark, general manager of Fisher-Price] says the recall was "fast-tracked," which allowed the company to quarantine two-thirds of the toys before they even made it to store shelves. In negotiating details of the recall, Fisher-Price and the government sought to withhold details from the public until Thursday to give stores time to get suspect toys off shelves and Fisher-Price time to get its recall hot line up and running. However, some news organizations prematurely posted an embargoed version of the story online. Allmark said the recall was troubling because Fisher-Price has had a long-standing relationship with the Chinese vendor, which had applied decorative paint to the toys. Allmark said the company would use this recall as an opportunity to put even better systems in place to monitor vendors whose conduct does not meet Mattel's standards. - KNBC