Anyone following the Chinese toy recall story should check out this study, released today by the Asia-Pacific Institute.
In it, the authors (Hari Bapuji and Andre Laplume of the Asper School of Business in Winnipeg and Paul Beamish of the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ont.) survey toy recalls between 1992 and 2006.
Their main finding: Chinese-made toys are as safe as toys made anywhere.
China accounted for 86% of the $17 billion in toys imported to the United States in 06, and the authors note that while recalls of Chinese-made toys have increase, other countries have a worse track record.
The survey also found that in fact Chinese-made toy recalls are more often the result of design problems (ie the fault of the toy company, not the factory) than of manufacturing problems. It noted, however, that the latter were on the rise.
Just in time for Christmas…