Mattel Apologize to China… TO CHINA!

Saturday, September 22, 2007 0:17

MAttel China

It is funny how 6 weeks can make all the difference, and how villains today can be vindicated through time.

Well, China… take your victory lap!

Maybe I am going making too much of it, but the fact that the COO of Mattel recently apologized to senior leaders of China for the recent recalls (and their failure to properly assess the responsibility) must be a huge boost to Beijing who has contended all along that the majority of recalls were design related.

Now.. if only FTS would come out and take responsibility for their products….

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3 Responses to “Mattel Apologize to China… TO CHINA!”

  1. Doctor Tea says:

    September 26th, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    Having talked to many parties involved in recent toy recalls, my sense is that Mattel was worried that China would single them out for heightened scrutiny. Most of their manufacturing is in China and they have worked hard for 20 years to build this supply base. Also, many of the highly visible companies that contract with them (Sesame Street, Disney) were exerting pressure for them to fix the problem. Some excellent research by my colleagues Paul Beamish and Hari Bapuji has documented that between 1988 and today less than 10% of the toy recalls were because of things like lead paint. 90% of the problems were design-related. Design is not a China problem. China was being scapegoated when the reality the companies should have been owning up.

  2. Rich says:

    September 26th, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    Dr. Tea.

    Thanks for stopping by and telling us about the research you have been working on a Tea Bird. I recently read your testimony to the boys and girls on the Hill (Did you tell Sen Durbin hi for me?), and I hope your messages got through.

    Peer pressure is an amazing thing, and while taking one for the team is needed at times, I think Mattel should have done this without pressure as they provided a lot of ammunition for Lou Dobbs and others.

  3. Doctor Tea says:

    September 30th, 2007 at 9:27 am

    I have appeared on Lou Dobbs and he does not need fact to create his perspective–he is entertainment.

    I did not see Durbin. I would have told him hi. Very interesting process. From 50 thousand feet it seemed to me that Congress was really trying to sort out how to get their arms around these issues. I expected more partisan positioning. It was refreshing.