Today Mattel announced a recall of 155,000 Mexican-made toys being sold in countries throughout Europe and the United States. There’s no lead contamination this time around; the recall was announced “due to concerns that small pieces could detach from the toys and cause children to choke.” The product is the Laugh & Learn Learning Kitchen Toy, part of the Fisher-Price range.
The day before, Mattel and Hasbro execs met with European Union officials to discuss the repercussions of widespread toy recalls, so… Oops? We’re not sure whether this is a bad thing, because it reveals more of Mattel’s design-based safety issues, or a good thing, because Mattel can say, “See how responsible we are, EU? Don’t ban us!”
Mattel Recall Notice [Mattel]
Laugh & Learn™ Kitchen Toys Recalled by Fisher-Price Due To Choking Hazard [CPSC]