The never-ending recalls– and China’s response
Following the recent Mattel crisis, another round of toy recalls were issued by four US companies, including Martin Designs Inc., based in Ashland, OH;...
Following the recent Mattel crisis, another round of toy recalls were issued by four US companies, including Martin Designs Inc., based in Ashland, OH; Schylling Associates Inc., based in Rowley MA; Buy-Rite Designs, Inc. of Freehold, NJ; and New York-based Toby N.Y.C. The companies have recalled more than 340,000 products made in China that include Thomas & Friends tin pails, Children’s Divine Inspiration charm bracelets, spinning Curious Geroge tops, Toby & Me jewelry, and SpongeBob SquarePants journals—all due to hazardous lead-content levels.
In the meantime, Mattel faces a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that seeks the company to set up a fund to cover the cost of administering tests for children who were exposed to any of the recalled products that were made in China.
China’s response to all these recalls has been to launch a new campaign to restore international trust in its products. The campaign is a weeklong TV series titled “Believe in Made in China” which defends the country’s safety standards. However, new allegations of unsafe Chinese exported products, ranging from the toy to the food category, are going to make it difficult for consumers to tune in without any preconceived doubt. Here is more of our coverage on the China recall.
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