All or almost all the toys involved in the recall were manufactured in China and imported into the U.S. by Mattel. More than 80 percent of all toys worldwide are made in China. Some of the toys are made with small magnets that can come loose. The magnets can be found by young children and swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforation or blockage, which can be fatal.
The recall of the die cast toy cars stemmed from a possible excess of lead paint. The recall of the Sarge brand toy cars was the second incident in two weeks involving lead paint. Earlier this month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission warned consumers about 1.5 million toys from China that might contain lead paint.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Polly Pocket play sets contain plastic dolls and accessories with magnets that measure one-eighth inch in diameter and are embedded in the hands and feet of some dolls, and in the plastic clothing, hairpieces and other accessories to help the pieces attach to the doll or to the doll’s house. The model number is printed on the bottom of the largest pieces on some of the play sets. Products manufactured after November 1, 2006 and are currently on store shelves are not included in this recall.
The 253,000 Sarge brand toy cars might contain levels of lead in excess of U.S. federal standards. The 2 1/2-inch, 1-inch high car resembles a military Jeep. The recalled toy has the markings “7EA” and “China” on the bottom. Cars marked “Thailand” are not involved in the recall.
Also recalled were 345,000 Batman and “One Piece” action figures, 683,000 Barbie and Tanner play sets, and 1 million Doggie Day Care play sets.
The Barbie and Tanner play sets have a small magnet inside the “scooper” accessory that can come loose. Recalled scoopers have a visible, silver-colored, disc-shaped magnet on the end of the scooper. Scoopers with a white material covering the magnet and products manufactured after January 31, 2007 are not recalled.
For more information, go to: Consumer Product Safety Commission: www.cpsc.gov, or Mattel: www.mattel.com/safety/us/