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Stand By For Another Recall

Update: Bloody Hell! Mattel is recalling 18 million toys world wide for lead paint and pieces that fall off posing a choking hazard.

The Associated Press is reporting that Mattel has another recall pending over toys from China that have lead paint.

Whig notes that CNBC anchor Erin Burnett thinks that lead paint on toys and tainted food from China is fine because it keeps prices low. Somehow I don’t think Mattel, which just took a multi-million dollar hit on the last recall, or the people with poisoned children and/or pets would agree.

A little economic primer that Ms. Burnett and the readers at home can verify for themselves: after Wal-Mart has established its dominance in a market and wiped out the competition, it raises prices. The “every day low prices” scam is only to get you hooked on a store and to take out people who don’t have the deep pockets to compete, which includes the majority of national governments.


1 whig { 08.14.07 at 12:18 am }

I have recall fatigue.

2 Steve Bates { 08.14.07 at 9:23 am }

I don’t recall.

Oh, wait, that’s Gonzales who doesn’t recall…

(Sorry; I know it isn’t funny. But I have to react some way, and bitter humor is one of my default responses.)

3 Bryan { 08.14.07 at 12:51 pm }

And there is no real effort to exam this stuff before it goes on sale. It’s picked up at the docks, moved to a warehouse and then sent out to retail stores.

All you would have to do is take one item and test it to have found most of the problems that have been encountered. A chemical analysis while it was still in the warehouse and before it makes it into the distribution system.

Refusing a shipment is a hell of a lot cheaper than having a recall.