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The U.S. witch hunt against Toyota, and a lesson for foreign corporations?

February 19th, 2010 4 comments

[Edit 2/20/2010] People do not remember now, but back in 2007 and 2008, Chinese toys companies were the butt of high profile highly politicized investigations for manufacturing unsafe toys; after formal investigation it turned out most of the recalls were due to fault of U.S. designers – not Chinese manufacturers.  “Made in China” was under attack in the U.S. and a target of xenophobia and protectionism.

Never mind that iPhones, designer clothing, and computers are made in China and used widely by Americans.  Never mind a University of Manitoba compiled a study in 2008, “Toy Recalls – Is China the Problem?” looking at all the toy recalls within the last two decades, and finding:

“Of the 599 recalls since 1988, an overwhelmingly high number of recalls (424 or 70.8 percent of all recalls) were due to problems which could be attributed to design flaws.”

Many Americans still see made in China goods as toxic and low quality. Read more…