More toys recalled for lead paint

first_imgbased Mattel Inc., said late Tuesday that it is recalling about 700,000 Chinese-made toys that have excessive amounts of lead paint. The recall covers 675,000 units of various Barbie accessory toys that were made between Sept. 30, 2006, and Aug. 20, 2007. The action also includes 90,000 units of Geo Trax Locomotive Toys and 8,900 Big Big World 6-in-1 Bongo Band toys, both from the company’s Fisher-Price brand. The Big Big World products were sold at retailers nationwide from July through August of this year, while the Geo Trax toys were sold from September 2006 through August of this year. The announcement marks Mattel’s third major recall of Chinese-made toys because of lead paint in a month. Mattel’s last recall, announced on Aug. 14, covered about 19million toys worldwide. They included Chinese-made toys that either had excessive amounts of lead paint or had small magnets that children could easily swallow. On Aug. 1, Mattel’s Fisher-Price division said it was recalling 1.5million preschool toys featuring characters such as Dora the Explorer, Big Bird and Elmo because of lead paint. That action included 967,000 toys sold in the U.S. between May and August. MATTEL: El Segundo company pulls back 700,000 units in third instance in a month. By Anne D’Innocenzio THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – The Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with El Segundo- Lead can cause brain damage when ingested by young children. Under current regulations, children’s products found to have more than .06 percent lead accessible to users are subject to a recall. Robert Eckert, chairman and CEO of Mattel, warned at a press conference last month that there may be more recalls of tainted toys as the company steps up its investigations into its Chinese factories and retests products. Still, Tuesday’s announcement is yet another blow to Mattel, which had cultivated an image of tightly controlling production in China. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is also considering a possible investigation into whether Mattel notified authorities as quickly as it should have in connection with the Aug. 14 recall. With more than 80 percent of toys sold worldwide made in China, toy sellers are nervous that shoppers will shy away from their products in this year’s critical holiday season. In June, toy maker RC2 Corp. voluntarily recalled 1.5 million wooden railroad toys and set parts from its Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway product line. The company said that the surface paint on certain toys and parts made in China between January 2005 and April 2006 contain lead, affecting 26 components and 23 retailers. In July, Hasbro Inc. recalled faulty Chinese-made Easy Bake ovens, marking the second time the iconic toy had been recalled this year. Last month, Mattel vowed that it would tighten its controls at its factories in China. About 65 percent of Mattel’s toys are made in China, where about 50 percent of Mattel’s production is produced in company-owned plants. But apparently, the controls were not strict enough, particularly when it came to overseeing Mattel’s subcontractors. The recalled toys from the Big Big World 6-in-1 Bongo Band line have two bongos, including one with a yellow and green plastic drum base and a blue drum surface. The other bongo is yellow and has a green plastic drum base with an orange drum surface with “It’s a Big, Big World” printed on it. The toys were sold with animal-shaped accessories including a monkey and a bird. The recalled toys in the Barbie accessory line included a Barbie Dream Puppy House, which had lead paint on the dog; a Barbie Dream Kitty Condo playset, which had lead paint on the cat; and a Barbie table and chairs kitchen playset, which had lead paint on the dog and dinner plates. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more