Mattel Recall, Round Three

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by Stacey

We’re back at it. Mattel has issued its third recall of the summer, pulling 773,900 Chinese-made toys contaminated with lead paint, including Geo Trax train toys and accessories for its Barbie brand.

According to this Washington Post story:

The company is recalling 675,000 Barbie accessories, including Barbie Dream Puppy House, in which lead paint was found on the dog, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recall also includes 8,900 Big Big World 6-in-1 Bongo Band toys and about 90,000 Geo Trax locomotive toys. The products were sold from September 2006 to last month.

Lead poisoning has been linked to behavioral and developmental problems in children. Julie Vallese, a spokeperson for the Consumer Product Safety Commission says the items are small and “don’t pose a lead poisoning risk in themselves.” But cumulative exposure can be dangerous.

The company web site has information to help you determine if the toys in your home have been recalled. For Barbie play sets go here. For GeoTrax Engine go here. For Big, Big World, go here.

Here’s a company statement that explains more details about the problem parts of the toys and about which manufacturers in China made them, in case you’re curious.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission web site also has information on the recalled toys. Go to: Barbie, Geo Trax, and Big Big World.

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Filed under children's health, family life, Fisher-Price recall, kids, lead paint on toys, Made in China, magnets recall, Mattel recall, parenting, safety, toxic toys, toy recall, toys made in China recall

3 responses to “Mattel Recall, Round Three

  1. bob242

    The only way we will be able to stop these irresponsible retailers and manufacturers from poisoning our children with cheap toys will be to hurt there bottom lines with class action lawsuits. Someone needs to accountable, Matel won’t come to my rescue when my child is seriously ill.

  2. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s in the works, although I haven’t heard of it yet.

  3. dianacc

    Why is it so important for US companies to manufacture toys in China? Who cares about the cheap labor? We need to take care of our children—they come first!

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