Mattel Recalls Millions of Chinese-Made Toys

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EL SEGUNDO, CA – Mattel, Inc. announced today that the company has voluntarily recalled one toy from the “CARS” die-cast vehicle line (“Sarge” character), manufactured between May 2007 and July 2007, containing impermissible levels of lead.

The recalled vehicles include 436,000 total toys, including 253,000 in the U.S. and 183,000 outside of the U.S.

Additionally, Mattel announced the voluntary recall of magnetic toys manufactured between January 2002 and January 31, 2007, including certain dolls, figures, play sets and accessories that may release small, powerful magnets.

The recall expands upon Mattel’s voluntary recall of eight toys in November 2006 and is based on a thorough internal review of all Mattel’s brands.

Mattel is recalling 18.2 million magnetic toys globally (9.5 million in the U.S.); however, the majority of the toys are no longer at retail.

Mattel is working in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and other regulatory agencies worldwide.

Mattel is also working with retailers worldwide to identify and remove affected products from retail and Mattel will implement a strengthened three-part check system.

Mattel voluntarily recalled 63 magnetic toys manufactured prior to January 2007.

Magnetic toys recalled within the U.S. include 44 Polly Pocket™ toys, 11 Doggie Day Care® toys, 4 Batman™ toys, 1 One Piece™ toy, and the accessory part of 2 Barbie® toys.

A full list of products is published on the company’s Web site at, as well as by the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Consumers should immediately take these products away from children and contact Mattel to arrange return and to receive a voucher for a replacement toy of the consumer’s choice, up to the value of the returned product.

All of the products targeted are Chinese-made.

Mattel has barely had two weeks to deal with a different sweeping recall of one and a-half million toys -- again because of lead paint. They are reportedly from a different Chinese supplier.

With more than 80 percent of toys sold worldwide made in China, toy sellers are nervous shoppers will shy away from their products during the all-important upcoming holiday season.

Before this month, Mattel had never recalled toys because of lead paint.