August 14, 2007
Mattel, the toy making giant, issued recalls Tuesday for about 9 million Chinese made toys including Polly Pocket dolls and Batman action figures.
The recall includes toys that contain magnets that could be harmful to children if swallowed and toys that contain lead paint. About 7.3 million playsets including the Polly Pocket dolls, Batman action figures, and die cast cars contain lead paint.
At least one child has died and 19 others have needed surgery since 2003 after swallowing magnets used in toys, the government said.
Tuesday's recall was the latest blow to the toy industry, which has had a string of recalled products from China. With about 80% of toys sold worldwide made in China, toy sellers are worried shoppers will shy away from their products.
Consumers should call Mattel at 888-597-6597 for information about the recalled toys with magnets, or 800-916-4997 for information about the recalled cars. You can also check out the link below for more information.