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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Toy recalls and why you need to pay attention

You can't afford not to pay attention to the toy recalls for violations of lead paint standards. By now, you've surely heard that Mattel has issued yet another, its third in a month.

While Mattel tries for damage control, the real issue for parents is, what does this mean for me and my kids? Here's a quick bottom line: Lead poisoning is dangerous and scary and very real.

Perhaps the most comphrensive and comprehensible story I've read on the subject is in the September issue of Good Housekeeping. Consider it a must-read.

Meanwhile, here's an up-to-the-minute listing of toys that have been recalled, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission:

Mattel Various BarbieĀ® Accessory Toys

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Mattel Inc., of El Segundo, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 675,000 Barbie Accessory Toys. Surface paints on the toys contain excessive levels of lead which is prohibited under federal law.

Fisher-Price Bongo Band Toys
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Fisher-Price Inc., of East Aurora, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 8,900 Big Big World 6-in-1 Bongo Band toys. Surface paints on the toys contain excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal law prohibiting lead paint on children's toys.

Fisher-Price Geo Trax Locomotive Toys
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Fisher-Price Inc., of East Aurora, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 90,000 Geo Trax Locomotive Toys. Surface paints on the toys contain excessive levels of lead.

Additional Reports of Magnets Detaching from Polly Pocket Play Sets Prompts Expanded Recall by Mattel
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Mattel Inc., of El Segundo, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 7.3 million various Polly Pocket dolls and accessories with magnets. Small magnets inside the dolls and accessories 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.

Posted by Barbara Meltz at 01:29 PM
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