Mattel, Inc. has announced an expanded recall of 9 million toys due to health threats posed by powerful magnets and toxic lead paint. Approximately 1.5 million toys were recalled on August 1st, all of which had been manufactured in China. These latest additions were also manufactured in China. Among those magnetic toys most recently recalled are Polly Pocket toys, Barbie and Tanner sets, Doggie Daycare sets and Batman figurines. Sarge characters from the movie Cars are being recalled due to toxic surface paint. Swallowed magnets have been shown to stick together, causing intestinal blockages and tears in small children, necessitating major surgeries and posing significant health dangers. Paint containing unacceptably high levels of lead can hinder development in children if ingested.
Consumers in possession of these toys are instructed to immediately place them out of reach of children and to contact Mattel, Inc. for information related to its return and replacement. The company can be reached through its website, or by dialing 1(888) 597-6597.
Previously on the D.C. Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog, we have posted articles relating to:
- The initial Fisher-Price / Mattel, Inc. toy recall
- Thomas & Friends toy train recall over lead paint
- Easy Bake ovens recalled over serious burn injuries
- The dangers of magnetic toys
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