This Christmas, A Lump of Lead?

It's high season for toymakers, and the scramble is on to make sure the 'Made in China' label doesn't send parents running

Photo Illustration by Andrew Lewis / Shutterstock; Michele Cox / Shutterstock

It's September. Do you know where your children's Christmas toys are coming from?

Even if you haven't thought about it yet, U.S. toymakers are so worried about losing the confidence of wary parents this holiday season that the industry has asked the Federal Government to require mandatory safety testing at the toy companies' expense. It's a remarkable admission of just how thoroughly this year's massive recalls of goods from China have shaken up Toyland.

Mattel's recent recalls of more than 19 million toys--including a Sept. 4 warning about lead paint in 675,000 accessories for its iconic Barbie dolls--were the largest in...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!