mattel apologizes to china

In case you missed it, amidst all the news about defective and dangerous Chinese-made products... Mattel Inc. recently apologized to China (the entire country!) for its high-profile recall this summer involving more than 21 million Chinese-made toys, which blamed certain Chinese vendors for using lead paint and unsafe magnets. The company now acknowledges that the "vast majority of those products that were recalled were the result of a design flaw in Mattel's design, not through a manufacturing flaw in China's manufacturers": Mattel apologizes to China over recalls. Oops. Mattel has been on the damage control trail, sending a top executive to personally apologize to China's product safety chief Li Changjiang. Considering how invested the company is in Chinese manufacturers, apologizing like crazy is probably a good start. But you know what? The damage has been done.

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