Letter to Senators Re: the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

On Tuesday, September 4, The Wall Street Journal reported that although the CPSC says manufacturers must report all claims of potentially hazardous product defects within 24 hours, Mattel took months to make such disclosures to the agency, including the September 4th recall and last month’s recall of nearly 18 million toys. According to the story, “Mattel Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Eckert said in an interview that the company discloses problems on its own timetable because it believes both the law and the commission’s enforcement practices are unreasonable. Mattel said it should be able to evaluate hazards internally before alerting any outsiders, regardless of what the law says.” We strongly disagree. We urge you to promptly investigate this matter and insist that the CPSC enforce its laws.