Mattel pays out for lead problem

Mattel has agreed to pay $12m in a settlement over the presence of lead in some of its US toy lines.
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The firm agreed to pay $12 million to 39 US states to settle claims it shipped toys tainted with lead paint, according to Massachusetts Attorney General, Martha Coakley.

The payment resolves a 15-month probe of Mattel’s Chinese-made Sesame Street dolls, Dora the Explorer accessories and dozens of products shipped to the US last year.

Under the settlement, Mattel agreed to immediately implement new federal guidelines reducing lead content in toys by August 2009. The new standards cut the permissible lead content to 90 parts per million from 600 parts per million.

The firm said it had “taken steps that go beyond current requirements to give parents greater confidence that the Mattel toys that they buy this holiday season will be the safest ever.”

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