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Author Topic: Mattel Apologizes to China Over Recall  (Read 2685 times)
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« on: September 21, 2007, 10:13:26 AM »



BEIJING – Toymaker Mattel issued an extraordinary apology to China on Friday over the recall of Chinese-made toys, saying most of the items were defective because of Mattel's design flaws rather than faulty manufacturing. The company added that it had recalled more lead-tainted Chinese toys than was justified.

The carefully worded apology, delivered with company lawyers present, underscores China's central role in Mattel's business. The world's largest toy maker has been in China for 25 years and about 65% of its products are made in China.



http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119037171135935172.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2007, 11:16:45 AM »

It is my understanding that when a company opens a factory in China they are 50-50 partners with the communist chinese goverment. I wonder if the communist gov. put pressure on Mattel to get this apology?
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2007, 01:58:39 PM »


IMHO  The apology has more to do with politics and economics than with actual responsibility and blame.

I agree that both Mattel and China need to SHARE the responsibily. Mattel chose to use China in order to produce their products cheaper ( not that the consumer would know that when they look at the price tags) and China chose to use their own cost cutting methods.

We need to buy locally produced products of all sorts.

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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2007, 02:38:39 PM »

Maybe Mattel issued the apology so we would think they over-reacted and buy their toys this Christmas.  Could it be a marketing ploy? Nah, marketing departments are clean and honest.  Poor Mattel, poor China.  Toys with only 2000 times the allowable lead. Shame on me for thinking poorly of them.  Huh

(I found an old magazine in the thrift shop that was loaded with patterns for homemade toys.  Guess what my grandchildren will get this year.)
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2007, 10:59:18 AM »

It's pure politics.  Note what Menusux found in the blog headline "Petsmart Pulls..." about bans (or close to a ban) BY OTHER COUNTRIES OF CHINESE GOODS due to all the recalls.

Just trying to save the 2007 holiday shopping season and keep the global trade balance where it is.

80% of toys sold in the U.S. are imported!  I plan on keeping them sitting in the warehouses.

If parents wanted to, the 2007 season COULD be the one where they close their wallets to cheap, unsafe imports.  With enough pressure, companies, at least some, would perhaps pull some manufacturing back to the U.S.

I just started a new thread under the "Miscellaneous/Off Topic" header on "Gift Alternatives to Chinese Toys This Christmas/Holiday Season."  Please join in to help everyone.  With the ongoing vet bills people have and will continue to pay, we NEED alternatives.

...Can't see what I'm typing... kitty's butt is directly in front of the screen
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2007, 04:23:40 PM »

Here are a few new things I just read up on.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/19/business/worldbusiness/19toys.htlm?ref=todayspaper

About steel from China
http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy_blog_china/20070911/w1_mcclatchy_china/nextpointentialthreatweaksteel
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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2007, 04:27:52 PM »

If the last one doesn't work- Go to Yahoo and ask about china- weak Steel.
It seems as if the steel We are getting from china might not be strong enough for bridges and such.
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