Group wants investigation into toys

16th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 August 2007, MADRID (EFE) – Toy maker Mattel should face a legal investigation for bringing 500,000 faulty toys from China onto the market, consumer association FACUA warned on Thursday.

16 August 2007

MADRID (EFE) – Toy maker Mattel should face a legal investigation for bringing 500,000 faulty toys from China onto the market, consumer association FACUA warned on Thursday.

Mattel announced on Tuesday that a batch of toys made in China – including popular Polly Pockets - did not meet safety standards and would be withdrawn from the market.

However, FACUA spokesman Ruben Sanchez said the company had dragged its feet in recalling the toys and should be probed with a view to possible sanctions for selling toys which were "unsafe and containing toxic substances".

Lead was used in some of the paint on the toys and small magnets were badly fixed, among the faults, said FACUA.

Sanchez said some of the toys had been on sale since 2002 and in November 2006 the company had also said it was withdrawing Polly Pockets for one of the same reasons.

"There were around 600 warnings that the magnets were coming unstuck before the decision the day before yesterday was taken", said Sanchez.

FACUA wants the National Consumer Institute to oversee the withdrawal of the toys from the market and carry out inspections.

(Copyright EFE with Expatica 2007)

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