Lead Toy Recalls Spark Lawsuits

By Kristie Turck •  Published 11/19/07 •  2 min read

Even though all the recalls this year have made parents lose trust in toy makers, and have made us all feel unsettled when it comes to buying toys for our kids, some good might start to come out of all of it and force states and government to take better control and care over the regulations on toys and safety measures.

From an article on The Daily Green:

California Attorney General Jerry Brown (a former governor and presidential candidate) and Rocky Delgadillo, a Los Angeles city attorney, announced today that they would file a lawsuit against Mattel Inc., Toys R Us Inc. and 18 other companies, reports the Los Angeles Times. The officials accuse them of making or selling products that contain “unlawful quantities of lead.”

The suit falls under California’s Proposition 65 law, and would force manufacturers and retailers to adopt procedures for inspecting products to make sure they are safe. Otherwise, they would be required to warn consumers that the items contained chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects.

If toy makers show more of an eager interest in regulating toy safety and taking more responsibility in following up on their outsourcing, then they might have a fighting chance to get some of consumer confidence back.  But I think it will take a long time for people to fully trust toy makers fully once again.  Sad, yet true.

Source: The Daily Green