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08/08/2007 08:29 AM ID: 64092 Permalink   

Mattel: "We Do Not Consider Safety to be a Competitive Advantage," Vendor Identified


Mattel has identified the vendor for the recent tainted toys recall as Lee Der Industrial Company Ltd. in Guangdong province China. Toys made by the manufacturer contained excess levels of lead in paint.

Big Bird, Elmo, Dora, Diego and friends made after May 1st 2007 were recalled, all 967,000 and Mattel have stopped accepting stock from them.

Mattel has also informed all of its competitors who the supplier is, stating that "We do not consider safety to be a competitive advantage."

    WebReporter: AccessG Show Calling Card      
ASSESS this news: BLOCK this news. Reason:
"why don't we just stop buying poorer quality goods from china?"
You'd have to legislate against it.

But as you know, legislation raises it's own problems (not to mention driving things underground, so we wouldn't have been able to track and recall goods like we could in this case).
  by: redstain   08/08/2007 08:38 AM     
  Last bit ...  
Mattel has also informed all its competitors who the supplier is stating that "We do not consider safety to be a competitive advantage,".

Should really be ...

Mattel has also informed all of its competitors stating that "We do not consider safety to be a competitive advantage,".
  by: AccessG     08/08/2007 09:29 AM     
  Oh look, I came in to check and ...  
Bluep manages a neg assesment ... cool ... how isnt it well formulated apart from seems like a little accidental copy and paste?

Oh hell, yea, I forgot ... on SN this is year of the troll ... All the old hinting at corrections have went out the window and now its nit picking for the sake of it while adding negs just because you can ... As Im sure many other people will agree ...

Anyways I noticed the mistake then the neg assessment after my last comment, meh.
  by: AccessG     08/08/2007 09:38 AM     
  @AccessG, bluep  
AccessG, all I had to do is add a comma, looks fine to me.

bluep, you better give me a good reason for giving a bad rating, or else I'm removing it.
  by: caution2     08/08/2007 10:16 AM     
  Thanks caution2,  
knew it was something but everytime I get to 'Lee Der' as in LEADER I just start laughing at the name.

Take me to your 'Lee Der'.

OK, Im easily amused :)
  by: AccessG     08/08/2007 10:37 AM     
"We do not consider safety to be a competitive advantage."

That could be taken to mean 'we do not pay extra to make our products safe, because it does not give us a competitive advantage'.

I wonder if the PR person was qualified??
  by: p_g_chris   08/08/2007 11:24 AM     
  Nah p_g_chris, its not like that ...  
Mattel are shedding $30m due to this and their point is (in my words) 'it could take other makers 2 or 3 months to discover this with even more financial loss because of the compounded production/import numbers, however, as a resposible company we will put it on the table and minimise your losses because we see safety as being paramount'.

Basically some companies can now stop accepting with minimal losses compared to the huge losses months away with even bigger recalls. Yes, Mattel may have been their exclusive income, but ... come on ...
  by: AccessG     08/08/2007 01:03 PM     
I'm removing bluep's rating. He had ample time to give me a justification, even after you provided him a link to this story on the forum thread, and he responded, twice, after you posted it.
  by: caution2     08/08/2007 06:42 PM     
  My policy is...  
I don't knowingly purchase anything produced in China.
  by: Nooze Worthy     08/08/2007 10:36 PM     
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