Yet Another Recall: 20 Million Toys Involved

By: Maya Kulycky, ABC News
By: Maya Kulycky, ABC News

The Mattel Company announced Aug. 14, 2007 it is recalling 9-million toys made in China.

The toys contain lead paint or have parts and accessories that pose a choking hazard.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission is telling parents not to hesitate and to remove the recalled toys from their homes now.

"When consumers hear about a recall they should stop using the product, and look for a replacement or a refund," said Nancy Ford, Acting Chairman for CPSC.

Nine-million units of Mattel toys with household names are part of the latest recall of Chinese-made toys. Four toys are being recalled because of magnets coming loose--the Batman and one piece magnetic action figure sets, Barbie and Tanner magnetic toys, Doggie Day Care magnetic toys and Polly Pocket Playsets.

The Sarge die-cast toy cars are being recalled for containing lead paint. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children. Loose magnets cause serious injury too.

"If more than one magnet is swallowed, that can cause intestinal perforations and blockage," Ford added.

The announcement comes just two weeks after another Mattel recall involving 1.5-million Chinese made toys. But there is a possibility that the entire toy industry will pay a price if parents are jittery about buying Chinese-made toys during the holidays.

The CSPC says they are working with the Chinese to educate them about U.S. safety standards and that they test toys they suspect might not be up to U.S. standards. The question is whether that is enough.

For all Mattel toy recall information, click here.


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