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Archive for November 20th, 2007

CALIFORNIA TAKES MATTEL AND OTHERS TO COURT OVER TOXIC TOYS

Posted in Corporate Carelessness, Corporate Greed, Corporate Polluters, Health Watch, News Brief, Toxic Toys on November 20th, 2007

ALLEGES MATTEL, TOYS “R” US, WAL-MART, TARGET, SEARS, KB TOYS, COSTCO AND OTHERS KNOWINGLY SOLD TOYS WITH UNSAFE LEVELS OF LEAD. EACH OF THE NAMED DEFENDANTS COULD BE REQUIRED TO PAY AS MUCH AS $2,500 PER VIOLATION

Spinning Top RecallThe ridiculous belief in deregulation and in the ability of corporations to self police, a cornerstone of the Bush business philosophy, took a crashing blow to its credibility yesterday as the State of California filed suit in Superior Court against 20 companies, including Mattel, , alleging that the defendants “knowingly” sold toys containing “unlawful quantities of lead. Moreover, the named companies “failed to provide warning of the risk to consumers.”

The legal justification for the state’s action is a 1986 California law, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, better known to state residents as Proposition 65. Joining the state in the suit is the City of Los Angeles. If California is successful in the courts, each of the named defendants could be required to pay as much as $2,500.00 per toy found to contain excessive levels of lead.

Kudos to California for having the courage to step up and act in this matter. In a more perfect world, filings like this would be the job of the Federal Government. That is, in a more perfect world.

It is indeed criminal that toys containing excessive levels of lead, or any other toxin for that matter (think the Aqua Dots covered in the date-rape drug), could even be allowed to leave the factory, let alone be exported around the world and distributed to retail stores without a thorough inspection. The fact that this happened proves how little these companies care about anything or anyone other then their financial bottom line. Otherwise, this scandal would have been caught early on and no one would be aware of it today. For ignoring their responsibility to our children, the named defendants should pay and pay dearly. This is the only thing that these corporations understand.

The only question that remains in light of the California filing is what will be the ultimate end destination of these recalled products? My fear is that they will wind up in the “Big Lots’” and Marshall’s of the world from which they will make their way into many poorer homes, homes where the parents are not as aware of the present scandal. This is an aspect of the story the no one is apparently willing to address, and which should ideally be addressed before the holiday season begins in a few days.

If you feel as strongly as I do about this matter, contact your local media. Many if enough of us make an issue of this, we can prevent it from being swept under the table.

- LIB

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Source: The Associated Press

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