Mattel CEO admits mistakes, promises safer toys

In his testimony today before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee, Mattel CEO Robert Eckert today admitted that the world's largest toy maker made mistakes "by not...

In his testimony today before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee, Mattel CEO Robert Eckert today admitted that the world's largest toy maker made mistakes "by not closely overseeing subcontractors in China whose toys didn't meet U.S. safety standards", the AP reports.

"We are by no means perfect," Eckert said in prepared testimony. "But we have tackled difficult issues before and demonstrated an ability to make change for the better, not only within our own company but for the broader industry."

Eckert said Mattel would work to improve toy safety while insisting the company had acted responsibly in recalling millions of Chinese-made toys because they contained lead paint or small magnets. Eckert also disputed reports that the company was feuding with federal regulators over its warning requirements "and as a result didn't disclose quickly enough dangers of excessive lead paint and small magnets in toys that prompted an Aug. 14 recall of 19 million products worldwide."

In his testimony Eckert said Mattel was working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to "develop a new set of reporting protocols" but denied any suggestions of a feud.
"I believe that our actions, in close cooperation with the CPSC, in quickly identifying and announcing these recent lead recalls demonstrate that we are committed to the commission and its processes," Eckert said.

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