Mattel Toy Recall

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Mattel Toy Recall Information

Updated September 5, 2007 - Mattel has issued a third recall for over 750,000 toys due to violations of federal lead paint standards.  This third recall by the world's largest toymaker covers primarily Barbie accessories as well as some toy locomotives in the Fisher Price line. In addition, Mattel has added some 8,900 "Bongo band" toys to their recall list. This spate of toy recalls in a month's time demonstrates a refreshing example of corporate openness by Mattel.
Mattel had previously issued a recall for over 9 million preschool toys because of choking hazards from small magnets becoming dislodged from the toys and potential injuries from lead paint. 

Mattel issued these voluntary recalls, primarily of playsets with small magnets, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission when adverse event reports revealed that there was a high likelihood of magnets getting swallowed and lodged in the intestinal tract of young children.  Children who swallow multiple magnets have suffered perforated bowels and bowel obstruction, because the powerful magnets are attracted to one another inside the stomach. 

This type of incident was first reported in 2006 with Mattel’s ‘Polly Pocket”magnetic playsets, of which several million more were pulled from shelves in the company’s latest recall.

Mattel announced in addition in their second recall that the paint on its die-cast metal model car from the Pixar movie “Cars” appeared to have been painted with a lead-based paint, and was also ripe for recall.  The company recalled approximately 436,000 cars that had been painted with a lead-based paint.

Mattel initially recalled about 1.5 million Fisher-Price toys that had been made in China because of lead paint.  The Chinesefactory manager of the subcontractor responsible for supplying those toys to Mattel subsequently hanged himself in shame for the transgression.

If your child has swallowed a magnet and suffered an injury from a Mattel magnetic playset, you should see a doctor about this immediately, as it is a very serious condition.  You also may need to consult with an attorney to find out what your legal rights are.  InjuryBoard attorneys are handling Mattel toy injury cases now and will review yours free of charge.  Please fill out the form on your right hand side to speak with an InjuryBoard attorney today. -written by Courtney Mills


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