If you're toy-giant Mattel, you win some and you lose some. After winning a legal battle that might see those icky little Bratz dolls (Barbie's number one competitor) permanently removed from toy-store shelves, the company and its subsidiary Fischer-Price are being fined for selling Chinese-made toys that exceeded acceptable levels of lead content in their paint.
Florida's Attorney General Bill McCollum announced today the state will
receive more than $587,000 from a $12 million multi-state settlement
with the company. In 2007, Mattel voluntarily recalled toys that had
lead levels well above federal guidelines. One item, the Big Big World
6-in-1 Bongo Band Toys, had lead content that was over 100,000 parts
per million; the acceptable level was 600 ppm. Owing to the settlement,
the level is now only 90 ppm. Florida's money from the settlement will
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go toward monitoring and enforcing the new standards.
So rest assured, America, your children will now be safe from thong-wearing dolls and potentially harmful toy coatings.