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Toy Recalls -- Is China Really the Problem?

Hari Bapuji, Paul W Beamish

Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada | Published : 2007

Abstract

Th e study finds that the number of recalls and the number of recalls of Chinese-made toys have shown an upward trend. However, an examination of the reasons for the increase shows that the number of defects related to design issues attributable to the company ordering the toys is far higher than those caused by manufacturing problems in China. We analyzed these findings in light of the latest recall of toys by Mattel and make two major suggestions: first, ensure the accountability of toy companies to improve their product designs and second, encourage the development of global standards to enhance product safety. Our findings are based on toy recalls and apply to the toy industry. Neverthel..

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