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Lead Paint Spurs More Toy Recalls

Barbie Accessories Among Nearly 800,000 More Mattel, Fisher-Price Toys Recalled
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Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Sept. 5, 2007 -- The toy company Mattel is recalling nearly 800,000 more Mattel and Fisher-Price toys due to lead paint.

Here is the latest list of recalled Mattel and Fisher-Price toys, along with links to photos and details of the recalled toys on the web site of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

No injuries have been reported with any of these most recent toy recalls. However, the CPSC advises parents and other caregivers to immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Mattel or Fisher-Price for a free replacement toy.

Lead poisoning can permanently harm children, but it typically doesn't happen overnight.

Toy recalls due to lead paint have frequently been in the headlines since the beginning of August.

The toys in the latest recall were made in China. Mattel has beefed up testing and inspections of its toy-production process. But the toy company can't promise that there won't be more recalls.

"We hope that we don't have to recall any more products, but if we do, we will address the matter promptly and inform you quickly," Mattel pledges on its web site.

Recap of Recent Toy Recalls

Lost track of earlier toy recalls? Here's a quick overview of toy recalls issued since the beginning of August.

Most -- but not all -- of the recalls are due to lead. Other toys on the list are being recalled due to choking hazards or because small magnets in the toys can come loose.

"Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforation (tears) or blockage, which can be fatal," states the CPSC's web site.

(As you sort through your child's toy box, are you thinking of asking your pediatrician for a lead poisoning test? Some folks on WebMD's Parenting: 9-12 Months message board are doing just that.  Read their comments and share yours.)

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