Memo #1 - Wes Palmer Dr VanGilder Memo#1 The Plight of...

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Wes Palmer Dr. VanGilder Memo #1 10/2/07 The Plight of Mattel Over the past decade, the toy maker Mattel has been notorious for taking too long in recalling their toys. In 1998, Mattel recalled more than 10 million big wheels due to a possible fire risk from the batteries. In recent months, Mattel has come under even more fire. Mattel known for their children’s toys has had to pull approximately 18.6 million toys off the shelves. The main topic of concern facing Mattel is lead paint, which was used on toys and children’s play pens. Mattel has reported that their toy supplier, which is located in China, had out sourced production to another company in China without their knowledge. This new company was not keeping up to code and was not being watched. Mattel states that with all their products that they will exceed industry and legal standards. Mattel has these standards in place, but the company, which had been outsourced to, was adhering only to Chinese policies. The paint, which was used on some toys, contained lead; lead is known to cause birth defects and severe problems in children if ingested. The article states that problem
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