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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 Barbie® 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.