Mattel Toy Recall Not Child’s Play

Mattel Inc. has announced a recall for about 9 million of their products manufactured in China, due to traces of lead paint found in toys, or magnets that children could easily swallow on them.

Among the toys recalled were Polly Pocket dolls, Barbie and Tanner play sets, Doggie Day Care play sets, Batman action figures, die cast cars and popular television pre-school themed toys, such as Dora the Explorer, Big Bird and Elmo. Click here for more information on recalled products.

Earlier this month, after Mattel announced the recall of its Fisher-Price toys, it launched a full-scale investigation into all of its factories in China. Before this month, Fisher-Price and parent company Mattel had never before recalled toys because of lead paint. READ MORE.

FNC wants to know — What do YOU think about the toy recall? Does it change your likelihood of buying products imported from China? E-mail us at

Here's what some FOX Fans are saying:

“What does it take for this country to realize that the only people who have the best interest of this country is our own people? I believe some companies that go overseas to have products made for large profits have absolutely no interest in the American people. As far as Mattel is concerned, I think the American people should get together and figure out a way to build up a new American toy company, as well as other companies that will not leave the safety of our children, food or pets in the hands of another country.” — Shirley

“You Bet! I will look for ‘Made In China’ just like I check the amount of salt found in all prepackaged foods.” — Katherine

“I listened to the Mattel spokesman you had on this morning and was impressed with his candor. It was actually refreshing to see a company say that they made a mistake but they're going to do what it takes to fix it and make sure it doesn't happen again. It took a lot of courage for a large company to recall so many products, which will cost them financially but will hopefully gain them consumer confidence.” — Lisa (Reno, NV)

“I have two children, ages 5 and 4. The real head-scratcher here is, if toys are imported, WHY are we not testing them and measuring them up to U.S. standards BEFORE they are shipped to stores and bought by consumers? I certainly will not be buying anything made in China, even if I have to make dolls, etc. for my children myself. Shame on the United States!” — Tammy

“Does the toy recall change MY outlook on buying products from China?! Duh! It's hard to even buy a hair comb or a toothbrush that isn't made in China!” — Larry (Alpine, TX)

“It's shocking to know that we import so much from China, but I'm not shocked of poor quality and no regulations. What is really sad is that big corporations are going abroad because of taxes and low cost labor.” — Julianna (York Haven, PA)

“When will America learn this lesson? China has ridden on the coattails of America’s economy for years by tying the value of the Chinese Yuan to the value of the U.S. dollar. Although they have begun to loosen that grip, they continue to abuse their greatest export country by poisoning our food and our children in order to squeeze more profit out of those export sales, even though they have lower labor and manufacturing costs than most any industrialized nation. Not only should the U.S. government take the necessary steps to admonish the government of China for lack of oversight by limiting Chinese imports until they can prove that they are safe, but the U.S. consumers should demand that all products indicate country origin and refuse to buy products made in China.” — Glenn

“I was looking up the vast amount of recalls from Mattel, and I am disturbed by what I saw. Well, America you want cheap you get cheap! It’s the old saying you get what you pay for. Send a message to the larger companies paying Mattel … our children’s safety is more important.” — JK (Fort Worth, TX)