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.
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.