saw this in Philippine news channel awhile ago.
This is a discussion on Recall of nearly a million China-made toys within the Local & Foreign Issues forum, part of the Community Lounge category; WASHINGTON — Toy-maker Fisher-Price is recalling 83 types of toys — including the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego ...
WASHINGTON — Toy-maker Fisher-Price is recalling 83 types of toys — including the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters — because their paint contains excessive amounts of lead.
The worldwide recall being announced yesterday (early today, Singapore time) involves 967,000 plastic pre-school toys made by a Chinese vendor and sold in the United States between May and August.
It is the latest in a wave of recalls that has heightened global concern about the safety of Chinese-made products.
The recall is the first for Fisher-Price and parent company Mattel involving lead paint. It is the largest for Mattel since 1998 when Fisher-Price had to yank about 10 million Power Wheels from toy stores.
In an interview yesterday, Mr David Allmark, general manager of Fisher-Price, said the problem was detected by an internal probe and reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Fisher-Price and the commission issued statements saying parents should keep suspect toys away from children and contact the company.
The commission works with companies to issue recalls when it finds consumer goods that can be harmful. Under current regulations, children's products found to have more than .06 per cent lead accessible to users are subject to a recall.
Mr Allmark says the recall was "fast-tracked", which allowed the company to quarantine two-thirds of the toys before they even made it to store shelves. In negotiating details of the recall, Fisher-Price and the US government agreed to withhold details from the public until today to give stores time to get suspect toys off shelves and Fisher-Price time to get its recall hotline up and running.
Mr Allmark said the recall was troubling because Fisher-Price has had a long-standing relationship with the Chinese vendor, which had applied decorative paint to the toys. He said the company would use this recall as an opportunity to put even better systems in place to monitor vendors whose conduct does not meet Mattel's standards.
"Anytime a company brings a banned hazardous product into the US marketplace, especially one intended for children, it is unacceptable," said Ms Nancy Nord, acting chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. "Ensuring that Chinese-made toys are safe for US consumers is one of my highest priorities and is the subject of vital talks currently in place between CPSC and the Chinese government."
Mr Carter Keithley, president of the Toy Industries Association, praised Mattel's quick response to the problem, and suggested Mattel will use this setback as a lesson for not only the company but for the entire industry. However, he expressed concern about how the recall and other toy recalls will play out in consumers' minds in advance of the holiday season.
"We are worried about the public feeling," said Mr Keithley, adding he observed how toy companies are embracing strict controls during a recent toy safety seminar in China. "We have thought all along that (consumers) can be confident in the products," he said. "But if companies like Mattel have this, then you have to ask how did this happen?"
Owners of a recalled toy can exchange it for a voucher for another product of the same value. To see pictures of the recalled toys, visit http://www.service.mattel.com. — ap
saw this in Philippine news channel awhile ago.
Fisherprice . I was going to buy their items..............
popular brand aso can have prob...
Sooner or later, China's gonna be condemned. Their food products got problems, medication got problems, toothpaste got problems, milk powder got problems, pork got problems... now toys!!
i thought their new railway are also going to have problem? heard that they use some inferior products to construct the tracks and now have to recheck....
Cheena again..sigh ...
I wonder what thing dont have prob for them
lol. lucky i never buy fisherprice..wanted to buy ..hee
oh so means it has been there for long long time??
so means we have to throw away ALL our fisher price toys??? Wah~ alot of $ ley :P
no . i think from certain date only..only certain batches affected...yesterday's straits times.....
Today i just bought a chewy for dear son which is fisherprice the shop person ensure us say is only certain toys got probs n recall back already.
I wanted to buy some birthday gifts for my boy. Went to the toy store, wanted to find NON Made-in-China toys. So difficult to find !
I found PlayMobil, made in germany, but soooo expensive !
there was a recent on for Thomas & Friends trains. i kept all from my dear son.
US recalls Chinese-made children's colouring cases
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Toys 'R' Us recalls a crayon and paint set made in China.
WASHINGTON : The US government and Toys "R" Us on Thursday recalled about 27,000 children's wooden colouring cases made in China because they contain unlawful amounts of lead paint.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said the Imaginarium brand 213 Piece Wooden Colouring Case was sold by the toy retailer chain from October 2006 through August 2007.
The outer packaging of the wooden case, which houses crayons, coloured pencils, water colours and other drawing tools, contains lead. Some of the black watercolour paint contains excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard, the commission said.
A spate of recalls of Chinese-made products sold in the United States has tarnished the "Made in China" label in the eyes of many consumers and led to calls for tougher regulation.
It was the ninth US recall this month of a product manufactured in China, according to an AFP tally, and the seventh that involved toys, including one global recall by Mattel which affected 18 million children's playthings.
On Tuesday some 9,500 Chinese-made steel-toed boots sold under the Caterpillar brand were recalled amid fears wearers could suffer electric shock.
Sometimes, it is the silent spaces in a relationship that speak most clearly.
Everywhere now is watchful over the things made in China.
Have anyone tried not to buy made in china products?
I tried... but it is almost impossible, everywhere and almost everything is from china.
so the only way is to buy from reputable brands (altho also got such cases) rather than those pasar malam cos at least those reputable brands will QC.
just now i go provision shop try to buy biscuits also have a hard time finding the right flavour one that is not a Product of China....
lucky got Julie's biscuit, Ego and Khong Guan.....
got one the packaging got some jap like words, i take and scrutinised...state Product of China..nearly kena con.