China – The New Scapegoat For Bad Corporate Judgement
Mattel, the world’s largest toy manufacturer, made its second recall within a month’s time and made a lot of noise about the fact that their supplier in China had used lead paint in 436,000 toys. Enough noise to try to hide the fact that it had to recall 18 million toys whose faults were nothing to do with China – it was the American design. The NY Times :
In a double-barreled announcement, the company said it was recalling 436,000 Chinese-made die-cast toy cars depicting the character Sarge from the animated film “Cars” because they are covered with lead paint.