I've never seen anything like this.
Mattel seems more worried about having offended Chinese politicians than about having offended people potentially harmed by its products. Can you imagine Mattel or anybody else apologizing to the United States for recalling defective products made here? It reminds me of the non-apology apology made by Washington six years ago after an American spy plane made an emergency landing in Chinese territory. A Chinese fighter had flown too close and bumped into the Americans outside Chinese airspace, and China demanded an expression of regret before releasing the U.S. crew. I wonder how much the U.S. State Department was involved in the Mattel business.