Lawsuit Says Mattel Should Pay For Lead Testing

A lawsuit filed Monday asks Mattel to pay for lead testing to determine if children have been exposed to lead from the millions of recalled toys.

The lawyer in the case says the lead poisoning has few symptoms until its very serious, so the parents feel that testing is necessary and that Mattel should pay for it.

The lawsuit is seeking class-action status.

The AP says:

The complaint was brought by Adrian and Michael Powell, of Fontana, on behalf of their children, Megan and Morgan. The couple claims Mattel was negligent and should establish a fund in an unspecified amount to pay for medical screening, such as blood tests, and other monitoring.

Children who ingest lead-laced paint can suffer brain damage, but no injuries have been reported as a result of the recalled toys.

“If you put a toy with lead paint in a kid’s hands, you don’t think you have to pay for lead testing?” Killino said. “They need to step up to the plate and do the right thing.”

A call to El Segundo-based Mattel was not immediately returned.

Should Mattel have to pay for blood tests? We don’t know. It would sure be expensive, though.

Suit Urges Mattel to Pay for Lead Tests [Houston Chronicle]