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  • Mattel Toys and Lead Paint Testing: Acceptable Levels?
    Mattel Toys and Lead Paint Testing: Acceptable Levels?
    October 15, 2007

    Southgate, MI Tammy Burbo had Lillian, her six-year-old daughter, tested for lead after learning about lead paint in Mattel toys and the subsequent Mattel recall. The results were high enough to concern her pediatrician and high enough to make Tammy worried about Lillian's future overall health.

  • Mattel Toys: Autistic Child needs Lead Test
    Mattel Toys: Autistic Child needs Lead Test
    September 28, 2007

    Madison, WI John Kalinowski's son has autism. He also played with a lot of Mattel toys until John heard about the recall. "We are going to get lead paint testing but it is really hard," says Kalinowski. Because of his autism a blood test is very traumatic. "When you have autism, you don't need another developmental issue [that lead poisoning can cause] on top of it."

  • Mattel's Manic Week: Beyond the Apology
    Mattel's Manic Week: Beyond the Apology
    September 27, 2007

    Bejiing, China It has been nearly seven days since Mattel, in an historic announcement, apologized to the Chinese government and citizens in Beijing on September 21st. While many of the recalled Mattel toys did, indeed contain toxic lead paint, the larger issue in this case was a design flaw that originated with Mattel itself. At issue were toys with tiny magnets that could be ingested, and prove harmful to a child.

  • Mattel Blames Itself
    Mattel Blames Itself
    September 23, 2007

    Bejing, China In an amazing turn of events, Mattel Inc. apologized to China, its people and particularly its manufacturers on September 21st, just two days after a senate hearing where CEO Robert Eckert said the company could have done a better job overseeing subcontractors in China. The giant toy company admitted that 21 million recalled toys were the fault of its design rather than Chinese manufacturing problems, particularly lead paint.

  • Lead Testing Should be Available for Everyone
    Lead Testing Should be Available for Everyone
    September 19, 2007

    New York, NY: Kaaliyah is only three years old, yet she has had to undergo three tests for lead poisoning. The first two were required: the third was recommended by the family doctor because she shows signs of lead poisoning. Diana, her mother, hadn't a clue as to the cause of high levels of lead in her daughter, until she heard about Mattel's recall: Kayla had chewed her Elmo sing-along toy -- one of more than 800,000 Mattel toys recalled due to lead paint.

  • Get the lead out! An Interview with MomsRising President
    Get the lead out! An Interview with MomsRising President
    September 10, 2007

    MomsRising.org has been letting their 120,000 plus members know about lead paint in Mattel's toys and is encouraging them to sign a petition to stop toxic toys. "If you look at what you have to do for a recall it is confusing," says Joan Blades, President of [Momsrising.org]."Just the other day, a mother took a huge bag of toys to Mattel and asked, 'You tell me what is safe'. It is confusing."

  • More Mattel Woes
    More Mattel Woes
    September 5, 2007

    New York, NY Not only did the world's largest toy maker recall more than 80 of its China-sourced toys at a cost of about $30 million in after-tax profits, Mattel took one step further and ceased all business with Lee Der Industrial Company, the factory that used lead paint on the toys. But this move couldn't stop yet a third recall - this time Fisher-Price toys and several accessories to a Barbie playset that involves several hundred thousand units.

  • "Mattel Should Pay for Lead Testing," says Mother
    "Mattel Should Pay for Lead Testing," says Mother
    September 1, 2007

    Cairo, NY "Just before I heard about the Mattel toy recall, I noticed that my three-year-old daughter had chewed the paint off Dora's hand—Dora the Explorer," says Danielle H. "Now I need to get her tested for lead."

  • Mattel Toy Recall: Blood Testing Children for Lead
    Mattel Toy Recall: Blood Testing Children for Lead
    August 31, 2007

    Des Moines, IA In two separate recalls August 1 and 14, Mattel Inc. pulled more than 18 million toys from the market before they hit the shelves, and left parents, kindergarten teachers and day care workers scrambling to check whether their children were already playing with toys painted with lead paint, or containing tiny magnets that could be swallowed. Now every parent's next concern is surfacing, namely: "Do I need to have my child's blood tested for lead?"

  • Mattel toy recall:  Who plays with Mattel toys?
    Mattel toy recall: Who plays with Mattel toys?
    August 30, 2007

    Seattle, WA In the wake of the big toy recall by Mattel, and the scare over how many children need to have blood tests for lead levels, it might occur to you to ask: "Just how many children in the U.S. play with Mattel toys?"

  • Lawmakers Respond to Mattel Toy Recalls: Senate Committee Hearings Set for September 19
    Lawmakers Respond to Mattel Toy Recalls: Senate Committee Hearings Set for September 19
    August 29, 2007

    Washington, DC: The U.S. House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection has scheduled a September 19 hearing to develop new initiatives to protect U.S. children from toys, jewelry and other imported products contaminated with lead paint.

  • More Children's Toys Recalled as Protection Agency's Funding Cut
    More Children's Toys Recalled as Protection Agency's Funding Cut
    August 28, 2007

    Washington, DC: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that Mattel has received more than 400 reports of magnets coming loose in products such as Polly Pocket, Doggie Day Care, Barbie & Tanner, Batman and "Sarge" Die Cast toy cars.

  • The Mattel Toy Recall:  Why Kids and Lead Paint shouldn't be Mixed
    The Mattel Toy Recall: Why Kids and Lead Paint shouldn't be Mixed
    August 27, 2007

    Washington, DC: In the wake of Mattel's two massive recalls of made-in-China toys this month, parents are re-awakened to the dangers of exposing their children to toxic lead paint, and wondering: "Should I have my child's blood tested for lead?"

  • Recalled toys and lead paint:  Has Mattel lost control of product safety?
    Recalled toys and lead paint: Has Mattel lost control of product safety?
    August 26, 2007

    Hong Kong This month Mattel Inc. recalled nearly 19 million Chinese-made toys suspected of containing leaded paint or small magnets posing a choking hazard for small children. Anxious U.S. parents don't know whether these products have injured their children, and a lawsuit has been started with the aim of forcing Mattel to set up a fund to pay for individual testing.

  • Mattel Toy Recall: Not All Stores Have Removed the Toys
    Mattel Toy Recall: Not All Stores Have Removed the Toys
    August 23, 2007

    Phoenix, AZ Governments across the United States are responding to the recent recall of Mattel Toys due to possible lead paint poisoning. The concern is that some stores are still selling recalled products. Consumers are also responding to the recall with at least one class action lawsuit announced and others likely to follow.

  • Mattel Should Pay for Lead Testing
    Mattel Should Pay for Lead Testing
    August 22, 2007

    Los Angeles, CA How much lead paint would you let your child play with? None, says attorney Jeffrey Killino. "Parents I have spoken with are so upset," says Killino. "They put their trust and faith in Mattel and they didn't get any deals—if the toys were cheaper [made in China], Mattel kept the profits because the US consumer paid the full price."

  • Mattel Sued to Require Lead Testing for all Children Exposed to Recalled Chinese-Made Toys
    Mattel Sued to Require Lead Testing for all Children Exposed to Recalled Chinese-Made Toys
    August 20, 2007

    Los Angeles, CA: The attorney whose lawsuit prompted a recall of defective Chinese tires is filing a class action today to compel Mattel to pay for the testing of children who might have been lead-poisoned by 1.5 million toxic toys.

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