Mattel fined $2.3 mln for tainted toys from China

* Mattel fined for lead-tainted toys from China

* Law bans toys with more than 0.06 pct lead in coatings Adds details throughout)

WASHINGTON, June 5 (Reuters) – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Friday it fined Mattel Inc (MAT.N) $2.3 million for violating a ban on bringing dangerous products into the United States.

The fine stems from the toymaker’s 2007 recall of 95 types of toys and up to 2 million units, primarily for excessive lead in paint. The toys were made in China, the CPSC said.

The settlement, the third largest in the CPSC’s history, resolves a government case against Mattel and its Fisher-Price subsidiary. The government claimed that Mattel knowingly imported and sold toys containing lead paint in 2007.

The toys included the “Sarge” toy car and Barbie brand accessories.

A 1978 law bans toys and other children’s articles that have more than 0.06 percent lead by weight in coatings. (Reporting by Kim Dixon; editing by Carol Bishopric, Toni Reinhold)

2 thoughts on “Mattel fined $2.3 mln for tainted toys from China”

  1. Someone like Mattel i would guess would be due diligent enough to have in house testing on products or use thrid party. For CE marking under the Toy Directive it is purely now self certification. You can test and certify a product but that does not reflect on the production of product there after. Manufacturers need to keep an eye on production and ensuring the materials coming in are checked against requirements. How you do this when you subcontract the maufacturing or parts of the manufactiring out is difficult but not not impossible, it probably cheaper than a fine of $2.3M

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