Looks harmless? Was it made in China?

Big Bird Fisher-Price Toy

MSNBC (hat-tip Bryan @ Why Now?):

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 Thursday involves 967,000 plastic preschool 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 Inc. and parent company Mattel Inc. 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.

Poisoning Big Bird is not nice. Boo.

How many children have been exposed?

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2 Responses to “Looks harmless? Was it made in China?”

  1. Bryan Says:

    When is it going to become obvious that it is just too “expensive” in lives and health to import this junk from China? They don’t have any standards and official corruption existed there before the Pyramids.

    With the recalls, lawsuits, and transportation costs, when do manufacturers figure out they need to control their own products and stop outsourcing?

  2. whig Says:

    How about holding importers liable?


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