Local Toy Store Owner Calls Toy Recall 'Unfortunate'
Richland -- Fisher-Price is recalling 83 different types of toys, citing excess amounts of lead. The toys, all made in China, include favorite figures from Sesame Street. Other popular characters, like Dora are among the toys in question.
Frances Finfrock, who owns Aunt Franny's Toys in Richland, said Thursday that manufacturers in China are required to sign agreements with American firms concerning lead content, but many do not adhere to the contracts they sign.
"It's an unfortunate thing, because no one wins. The company in China loses business, and the U.S. loses big because lead paint is well known to be unacceptable in the toy industry."
Finfrock, who said that 80 percent of all toys in the United States are made in China, carries just one Fisher-Price product. But she was affected by another huge recall of toys this year. Learning Curve, which creates the popular Thomas the Train toys, was forced to pull millions of dollars worth of toys from the shelves, also because of lead. Those toys were also made in china.