Mattel Settles Suit Over Lead in China-Made Toys

Mattel has settled a class action lawsuit over a recall of lead-tainted toys made in China, the Wall Street Journal reports: Co-plaintiff lead counsel Whatley Drake & Kallas said in a statement the settlement provides...

A Toy Maker’s Conscience – Jonathan Dee

Business professor Prakash Sethi has spent the last several years monitoring the working conditions in Mattel’s Chinese toy factories. Jonathan Dee writes in the New York Times Magazine: If Mattel were simply a greedy or sloppy company that got caught doing something it shouldn’t and paid the price, its story, and Sethi’s, would be a […]

China Province Eyes Libel Suit On Mattel – AFP

From AFP: A Chinese province is likely to join a planned libel suit against US giant Mattel, accusing the toy maker of harming the region’s reputation, state press said Tuesday. The government of Guangdong province is considering the suit after Mattel issued a safety recall on more than 21 million Chinese-made toys this summer, but […]

Why Mattel Apologized to China – Jyoti Thottam

From Time Magazine: So are toys from China safe or not? If you think you’re confused, it looks as if even Mattel, the largest toymaker in the United States, doesn’t know. On Friday, Mattel’s executive vice president for worldwide operations, Thomas Debrowski, met with the Chinese product safety chief Li Changjiang, to apologize for the […]

Mattel Boss Visits China to Calm Safety Fears – James Quinn

The Telegraph reports: Chief executive Robert Eckert is to visit the Asian economic powerhouse later this month to ensure sub-contractors are implementing a tough new set of safety guidelines Mattel has imposed. Mattel’s reputation has suffered in the last two months after it has been forced to recall millions of products on three separate occasions, […]

Hyping Safety Problem Is A Sickness, China Says – Ben Blanchard

From Reuters: Hyping China’s food and product safety problem is a sickness in itself, the country’s new health minister said on Wednesday, a day after Mattel announced a third global recall of Chinese-made toys . A series of scandals involving sub-standard Chinese exports ranging from pet food, fish and toothpaste to toys has put increasing […]

What Went Wrong at Mattel – Christopher Palmeri

BusinessWeek takes a look at how Mattel ended up producing unsafe toys and issuing a massive recall, especially since the company is frequently held up as a model of how to operate overseas while respecting product safety and workers’ rights: Mattel is not just another company suffering because it uses low-cost Chinese suppliers. The company […]

Analysis: How Toy Recall Affects Brand China – Jane Macartney

The reputation of “Made in China” is tainted. The latest event is the recall by Mattel of 18 million Chinese-made toys. From Times Online: China is starting to feel like the outcast child picked on in the school playground. Hardly a day goes by without more bad news about some dodgy product “Made in China”. […]

Business As Usual for Mattel in Dusty South China – James Pomfret

From Reuters: Thousands of young Chinese toymakers dressed in pink and blue Mattel T-shirts spill from the U.S. toy goliath’s factories in Guanyao after an 11-hour overnight shift, as the dawn shift took their place. Street hawkers on motorbikes sell warm soy milk, steaming buns and noodles to the throng wanting a quick snack before […]

Toymaking in China, Mattel’s Way – David Barboza and Louise Story

From the New York Times, a look at how some foreign companies are responding to fears over the safety of products made in China: The recent wave of recalls and warnings from China has ignited worldwide concern about the safety of Chinese products, potentially mucking up a global system built, in large part, on outsourced […]



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