Mattel Fined $2.3 Million for Chinese Toys with Lead Paint

June 10, 2009

Mattel Inc. and its subsidiary have been hit with a $2.3 million civil penalty for producing toys made in China with unsafe levels of lead paint.

A government safety official says the companies are paying the fine after recalling two million of their popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and other toys in 2007.

The toys were recalled after testing found unsafe lead levels in paint used to make the toys.

The official said it was the biggest federal fine for a lead paint violation. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the fine before it was announced, spoke on condition of anonymity.

Mattel and its Fisher-Price subsidiary were among dozens of manufacturers that yanked millions of Chinese-made toys from store shelves around the holiday shopping season in 2007.

Latest Comments

  • June 10, 2009 at 4:38 am
    That would be a "no" says:
    You can pursue your case in China, but I'm pretty sure you will get the same response. Did you ever read a liability coverage form?
  • June 10, 2009 at 2:53 am
    OmniSure says:
    These toys wern't manufactured by Mattel. They were manufactured by CHINESE MANUFACTURERS that were SUBCONTRACTED by Mattel. Doe's anyone know if a Chinese manufacturer can ... read more

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