Thursday, September 27, 2007

Mattel forced to apologize to China

Who's sorry now?

That would be Mattel. They look pretty bad right now. The recalled cribs were apparently linked to the design flaw but still reported as a "made in China" problem. What's going on here? Could this be US pressure on the Chinese yuan? Whatever, it's got to be humbling to go apologize to a whole country...

Mattel previously said many of the toys were recalled because of design problems. It also said certain vendors in China or their subcontractors violated Mattel's rules by failing to use safe paint or to run tests on paint.

On Friday, Debrowski acknowledged 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."Lead-tainted toys accounted for only a small percentage of all toys recalled, he added.