Doug / 06-08-2009 / Defective products

Mattel Agrees to Largest Civil Penalty in History for Lead Paint Violation

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Mattel Inc. have agreed to a $2.3 million fine for safety violations inconjunction with lead paint on children’s toys.  The fine was the result of a recall of hundreds of thousands of Mattel and Fisher Price toys due to lead paint.

Back in 2007 Mattel and its subsidiary, Fisher Price, recalled over 2 million toys, including Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Barbie,  that were made in China.  The CPSC said the toys had paint that contained excessive amounts of lead based on their testing.  The fine resulted from the fact that the CPSC said the manufacturer knew about the violation but did nothing about it.

While Mattel has agreed to pay the fine, they said they knew nothing about the lead prior to the discovery.

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