Mattel and Toy Safety

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In 2007, the international toy manufacturer, Mattel, Inc. issued several recalls for millions of their products. These recalls were for safety reasons in that testing at the manufacturing sites and special test laboratories showed that millions of their toys were coated with dangerous amounts of lead in the paint. This lead based paint contains a potent neurotoxin that if ingested can cause serious harm to children. Mattel assured the public that the problem would be solved, the recalled products would be collected and replaced, and that the company would never let this type of incident happen again. In the contents of this case there are several management and safety issues and areas for improvement. One issue is Mattel, Inc.’s…show more content…
To achieve this about 65 percent of its toy manufacturing was moved to Asia where its products could be produced cheaper. In doing so Mattel now has to work within the culture of its manufacturing facilities to ensure healthy and safe operations to its employees. This means that wage, possible child labor, and other ethical issues could arise, thus as stated before the Global Manufacturing Principles were created and implemented. Since Mattel’s products are now being imported into the U.S., several government agencies and laws have to be taken into consideration, of which pertain to both countries’ government, Chain and the U.S. Some of these agencies in the U.S. are the Consumer Product Safety Commission, whose job is to make sure any and all products that are entering the U.S. are safe for people. The acting commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission was negotiating for broader testing and urged consumers to not overreact to the recalls. As for the safety aspect there is several differences between the two for lead. In China the government standard for lead products in the household, are to only contain 90 parts of lead per million in any product. In the U.S. the standard is allowed to be as high as 600 parts per million. The major difference is that the U.S. has banned the use of lead completely for toy products. As such in the U.S. the standards are held to high
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