"Made in China"

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

There was a time this summer when Dawn Campbell was throwing out some of her son Jack's toy trains after finding them on a recall list for lead paint.

Tuesday at Treehouse Toys in Lansing Township, she was buying new ones, but more aware of the recalls that have hurt the toy industry this summer.

"There is a risk," she admits, "I try to watch what I buy."

Treehouse Toys does not sell any of the Mattel products recalled Tuesday. Most independent stores in town don't.

Target, Toys R Us, and Meijer have all removed them from store shelves.

Treehouse Toys store owner Brent Taylor did not have to remove Thomas the Train toys in June, but he says he has no qualms about selling them now.

He says the company handled the recall professionally, and he assume they are now more aware.

Still, he says some customers are avoiding not just Thomas trains but all products from China.

"More and more, people are starting to ask about the country of origin, is it wood or plastic, painted or molded." In the most extreme cases, he says they are limiting themselves to toys made only in America.

You need only to flip a few toy boxes over to find out just how hard that would be. About 80 percent of toys on the market are made in China.

Taylor says good American companies have personnel in the overseas factories to oversea quality and safety. Those standards though are voluntarily--no matter where a toy is made--and mistakes happen.

He says pick toys you know--and like Dawn Campbell, keep watching the news.

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  • by JB Location: Jackson on Aug 15, 2007 at 11:10 AM
    Well I think it time we stop having anyhting to do with China, this is not the first thing this year from them that has been a problem and it just continues. So I think we should stop all imports until they can get the stuff straight and follow the same guidelines as we follow. I know I do not want to nor will I buy anything that is coming from there if there is a chance of any kind of a health risk in any way.
  • by Pam Location: Jackson on Aug 15, 2007 at 08:09 AM
    For the number of products that is shipped from china, the number is small. This is the typical thing that would happen when you find people that are greedy. When it it comes to bad ethics, the Chinese have a proportional number of people as compared to the US. It only looks worse since they are 7 times larger.
  • by Detiny Location: Holt on Aug 15, 2007 at 12:18 AM
    This is what happens when there is "OUTSOURCING" because these greedy companies do not want to pay decent wages or benefits! I don't see any CEO's outsourcing their jobs!!!!!!!!!
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