Mattel Recalls More Chinese-made Toys
By: Associated Press
NEW YORK - Mattel has announced its third major recall of Chinese-made toys in a little more than a month.
The recall is the latest blow to the world's largest toy maker as the critical holiday shopping season approaches.
Mattel says the action involves a total of more than 800,000 units, including 675,000 Barbie doll accessories, because of excessive amounts of lead-tainted paint.
The recall also covers 90,000 units of Mattel's GeoTrax locomotive line 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 nationwide from July through August of this year, while the GeoTrax toys were sold from September 2006 through August of this year.
The recalled Barbie accessories were sold between October 2006 and August of this year. No Barbie dolls were included in the action.
The details of the recall were negotiated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
On August 1st, Mattel's Fisher-Price division said it was recalling 1.5 million preschool toys, most of which had been sold in the U.S.
Mattel's last recall on August 14th covered about 19 million toys worldwide. The toys either had unsafe levels of lead paint or small magnets that could easily be swallowed by children.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says it's considering an investigation into whether Mattel notified authorities as quickly as it should have in the mid-August recall.