Mattel Agrees to Pay $2.3M Fine for Allegedly Excessive Amounts of Lead in Toys

On June 12, 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a notice in Federal Register announcing that Mattel, Inc. (Mattel) and its wholly-owned subsidiary Fisher-Price, Inc. (Fisher-Price) have agreed to settle with CPSC the alleged violations of the Commission's Ban of Lead-Containing Paint and Certain Consumer Products Bearing Lead Containing Paint (Lead Regulations). 

CPSC alleged that Mattel and Fisher-Price imported from China to the U.S. thousands of units of various toys between July 2006 and August 2007. The subject toys were subject to CPSC's Lead Regulations, and, upon testing, were found to contain lead in excess of federal standards. 

As part of the settlement agreement, Mattel and Fisher-Price have agreed to pay a $2.3 million fine.