If you have read our blog for any amount of time, you have seen countless entries about the recall of toys that contain lead paint. This recent rash of unsafe toy recalls reached a predictable end on Wednesday, January 30th when according to an AP article, lawmakers have stepped up and are asking the largest toy manufacturer in the U.S. to change the way it does business.
Dozens of federal lawmakers are demanding that Mattel stop selling toys that contain any amount of lead, claiming the toy maker is not going far enough to address safety concerns. The demand comes after Mattel’s issuance of recalls for millions of Chinese made toys last year because of concerns that lead paint levels exceeded U.S Standards. The demand, which was contained in a letter released by U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, was signed by more then 50 fellow lawmakers.
Unsafe childrens’ toy recalls has become an epidemic in the United States. We applaud the decision representative Cummings made in submitting the letter to Mattel. Hopefully this maneuver and the media attention it generates will force Mattel to take more extensive measures to insure the safety of its consumers. Retailers, especially toy manufacturers, have a responsibility to provide their customers with products that not only function as advertised, but are also safe.