August 15, 2007
Tuesday, Mattel announced a recall of over 9 million toys, all made in China. Now locally, parents, schools and daycares are taking extra time to check their stock of toys.
Round two of recalls for toy maker Mattel, just two weeks ago they voluntarily recalled over a million Fisher Price toys believed to be painted with lead.
Now, the list grows to 9 million in the U.S. The majority of these tainted toys have tiny, but powerful magnets that could cause intestinal problems if a child were to swallow them.
CEO of the Piedmont Family YMCA said all the recent attention on these toys has forced them to check the recall list and their own stock of toys.
“We come in and start going through all the toys, which are a lot and just try to identify the toys that are on the list and see if we have them,” said Bill Blewitt, CEO of Piedmont Family YMCA.
He said so far they haven't found any of the recalled toys in their collections, but it’s always worth taking the time to check.
“You don't want children, I wouldn't want my children or anybody's child then to become exposed to something that is unsafe, whether that is the lead paint or that is the magnets in them,” said Blewitt.
If you find your child has played with a recalled toy, a local poison expert said just one or two times being exposed to the toy is not enough to seriously injure your child, but it is best to go ahead and get them tested.
If you're child tests positive for lead do not throw away the toy, rather get it tested to be sure that is the source of the poisoning.
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