Mattel and Toy Safety

968 WordsJan 30, 20124 Pages
Mattel and Toy Safety Mattel, the world’s largest toys company, had been faced with some rough challenges due to some safety scandals revolving toy design and manufacturing in China. During August 2007 Mattel was forced to extremely recall toys due to loose magnets and excess lead found in some of the Mattel toys that posed immediate danger to the children that played with them. “Mattel voluntarily recalled 1.5 million Chinese made, Fisher-Price product, after the company learned that they contained too much lead.” A second recall of Mattel’s most popular items such as Barbie, Batman, Polly Pocket and Doggie Daycare play sets. The items contained small magnets that could fall out of the toy and be swallowed by young children.…show more content…
Lead poisoning can affect nearly every system in the body. Because lead poisoning often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized.” In 2008 the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act was implemented, its purpose is to improve testing requirements. The act incorporated the Lead-Free Toys Act, which is a bill directing the CPSC to classify toys that contain lead and other hazardous chemicals and increased the budget of the CPSC who had been suffering from understaffing and underfunding. It is our responsibility to ensure the toys we supply are safe. You cannot rely on the toy being safe simply because it has been offered for sale to you. There are many was to protect our children from hazardous products. Throughout the world there is an estimated 300,000 toxic levels of lead damage. Lead poisoning can be very dangerous and can cause serious injury as well as death. Making sure that the world is aware of this serious situation should definitely be a priority. Not only is lead being found in the homes, but jewelry, and can be transferred from the pipes of our drinking water. There are many simple methods to avoiding lead poisoning and they start with being aware to the toys/products that contain higher levels and avoiding them, not purchasing any toys made in China because the manufacturing standards are still hard to investigate and control, teaching children to wash hands regularly, and finally by constantly staying
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