Fisher-Price is recalling almost 1 million toys -- including figures of Dora the Explorer, Big Bird, Sponge Bob Squarepants, and that most beloved of muppets, Elmo -- because surface paint on the toys poses a lead poisoning hazard. Are your children's playthings affected? If they were purchased from May to August 2007, they could be. Read the full recall,including descriptions and product codes. There are over 80 different toyslisted in the recall, including the Elmo Light Up Musical Pal, Fairytail Adventure Dora, the Sesame Street Giggle Drill (seen above), and the Sponge Bob 3 Pack Figures in Tube.
This recall is the latest in a long series reported in just the past three months by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). A similar recall in June involving lead paint on Thomas the Tank Engine toys has sparked investigations and speculation about Chinese toy factory practices. Though there have been few reports of incidents or injuries, these high-profile scares shine a spotlight on varying safety standards in a global economy.
Robert A. Eckert, chairman and CEO of Mattel, apologized to all those affected by the recall. "We realize that parents trust us with what is most precious to them -- their children. And we also recognize that this trust is earned," he said in a statement.
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