CAPITOL HILL (AP) - The CEO of Mattel is promising to work to improve toy safety. And he's telling lawmakers that his company acted responsibly in recalling millions of toys made in China after discovering that they contained lead paint or small magnets.
Robert Eckert, in prepared testimony for a Senate Appropriations subcommittee today, admits that Mattel made mistakes in not closely overseeing subcontractors in China whose toys didn't meet U.S. safety standards.
But he's disputing reports that Mattel had been feuding with regulators over warning requirements, and that as a result, it didn't disclose the dangers quickly enough.
Under federal rules, manufacturers generally must report all claims of potentially hazardous product defects within 24 hours. Mattel reportedly took months to gather information and privately investigate problems after receiving complaints from consumers.