Hard to believe it’s been two years since parents started ripping through toyboxes in search of the toys they were being told would make their kids sick.
But two years after toxic lead levels in toys sent us into a panic, Mattel and its subsidiary, Fisher-Price, have finally settled a lawsuit for $2.3 million.
Still denying that they were knowingly breaking the law by distributing toys with lead levels that exceeded federal guidelines, the company will pay the civil penalty to the Consumer Product Safety Commission as a fine for its “bad behavior.”
The companies weren’t the only toymakers involved in the massive recalls in 2007, but they led the pack with more than eleven million toys around the world – from Sesame Street to Dora to Barbie – called back. Made in China, the chief problem was in the paint used in manufacturing the toys.
The fines from the CPSC are the largest ever levied for a lead-related indiscretion. The good news? Mattel hasn’t had one recall since – they say they put even stricter measures in place for quality control.
So maybe a year of scrambling through toy boxes was worth it?