Lead Paint Barbie Costs Mattel Another 12m USD

Friday, December 19, 2008 8:11
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With only 6 shopping days left before Christmas, it looks like Mattel is going to need to pull out all the stops to make up for the fact that their 2oo7 Lead Paint Barbie has cost the firm another 12 million USD.

According to the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General:

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, along with the Attorneys General of 38 other states, reached a settlement agreement with Mattel, Inc., and its subsidiary, Fisher-Price, Inc., resolving a 15-month investigation into the events that lead to a voluntary recall of the companies’ toys for excessive lead paint in 2007. The consent judgment, filed today in Suffolk Superior Court, requires Mattel to make a payment of $12 million by January 30, 2009, to be divided among the participating states.

Before Mattel apologized for misrepresenting the fact that it actually was NOT China’s fault that they failed to properly design the magnets, and that it actually was NOT China’s fault that Mattel’s own team failed to follow its own inspection guidelines, I wrote extensively on the fact that firms who outsource in China are responsible for maintaining quality standards and systems of their new supply chain.

There were some who initially disagreed and wanted to place the blame on China, but as of today there are now 39 AGs who also support this idea.

Here are some other related posts:
If you want something done right… You Gotta Do It Yourself
Avoid the Middleman! INVEST in Your QC!!
Assess Your Risk, Plan, and THEN Outsource to China
How to Build a Strong Outsourcing Platform in China
Finding the Right Suppliers – Part 1
Finding the Right Suppliers – Part 2

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