Do you remember the furore that broke out a couple of months ago when China stood accused of trying to kill everything we loved, from our pets to our children? Hmm, how does one say, “jumped the gun” in Chinese because as it turns out, that really wasn’t what they were doing:
Until now, Chinese sub-contractors have borne the brunt of criticism over the recall of Mattel products over concerns about their excessive levels of lead paint. The boss of one Mattel supplier was reported as having killed himself last month after toys his firm made for the US company’s Fisher-Price subsidiary were among those recalled. Chinese media reported that Zhang Shuhong, co-owner of the Lee Der Toy Company, had been found hanged in one of his factories.
But Thomas Debrowski, Mattel’s executive vice president for worldwide operations, said on Friday that the firm should shoulder the burden of responsibility for the safety breaches.
“It is important for everyone to understand that the vast majority of these products that we recalled were the result of a flaw in Mattel’s design, not through a manufacturing flaw in Chinese manufacturers.”
Wow, it only took one guy’s suicide for Mattel to come forward? What a bunch of sissies! Really wealthy sissies, though, because Barbie is still BFF with China. Somebody ought to tell the good people of China about the wonders of litigation. They’ll need some cash anyway with the Olympics coming up. Hey, Barbie’s good for it.
[PS – does anybody else smell coverup? Or am I getting paranoid in my old age?]