The world''s largest toy maker, Mattel Inc, has announced a third recall of
China-made toys in as many months, saying it would take back more than 800,000
units globally that contain "impermissible" levels of lead.
had earlier last month made a second recall of (See: Mattel
recalls 18.5 million China-made toys in Round 2). The recalls include
7.3 million play sets, including Barbie doll pooper-scoop, Pollypocket sets, Batman
figurines, Doggy day care toys and a toy car inspired by the Disney film, `Cars''.
recall, the largest in the company''s history, is expected to shake consumer confidence
in toys manufactured in China. (See: Recall
of Chinese toys has led to factory closures: China Toy Association)
latest action, a third major recall of China-made toys in a month, covers 675,000
Barbie doll accessories sold between October 2006 and August of this year. No
Barbie dolls were included in the action.
recall also included 90,000 units of Mattel''s GeoTrax locomotive line and about
8,900 Big Big World 6-in-1 Bongo Band toys, both from Mattel''s Fisher-Price brand.
Big Big World products were sold nationwide from July through August of this year,
while the GeoTrax toys were sold from September 2006 through August this year.
total of 522,000 US toys and 322,000 outside the United States are being recalled.
The toys were shipped between August 3, 2006, and July 31, 2007, the company said.
US Consumer Product Safety Commission and the US House of Representatives'' subcommittee
on commerce, trade, negotiated details of the latest Mattel recall and consumer
protection is to hold a hearing on September 19 on how to protect US children
from imported products containing lead paint.
has asked customers to go to its website (www.service.mattel.com) to establish
whether they own an affected toy. After they fill out a form and send back the
affected parts, Mattel will send them replacement and bonus parts.
said Holder Plastic Company, a Mattel contract vendor, which subcontracted the
painting of miniature toy pets and small furniture pieces to the Chinese companies
Dong Lian Fa and Yip Sing, produced the playsets affected by the latest recall.
two companies used uncertified paint and are no longer producing toys for Mattel,