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Mattel Recalls 9 Million Toys

August 14, 2007

Mattel has voluntarily recalled 9 million toys including popular characters such as Barbie, Batman, Polly Pockets, and a toy from the movie "Cars" because of safety hazards to children. Mattel has ordered the toys to be immediately taken away from children and removed from store shelves.

All recalled toys were manufactured in China.

The recall includes 7.3 million Polly Pocket dolls and accessories with magnets; 1 million Doggie Daycare play sets; about 683,000 Barbie and Tanner play sets; and 345,000 Batman and One Piece magnetic action figure sets. These toys have small magnetic parts that can come loose and be swallowed by children. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, if more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforation or blockage, which can be fatal. There have been three reports of children who suffered intestinal perforations, requiring surgery, after swallowing more than one magnet.

The recall also includes about 253,000 "Sarge" die cast toy cars from the Pixar movie "Cars." Surface paints on the toys could contain levels of lead in excess of federal standards. Lead can be toxic if ingested by children and cause adverse health effects.

The "Sarge" car is a 2 1/2" toy car that looks like a military jeep. "7EA" and "China" are marked on the bottom of the car. The toy cars were sold alone (with product number M1253) or in packages of two (with product number K5925).

The Polly Pocket play sets contain plastic dolls and accessories with small magnets. The magnets are embedded in the hands and feet of the dolls and in the accessories. The model number is printed on the bottom of the larges pieces on some of the play sets. The recall only includes Polly Pocket play sets manufactured before November 1, 2006 and sold at retailers from May 2003 to November 2006. A complete list of the recalled models can be found here: http://cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07273.html .

The Doggie Daycare play sets have various dog and baby figures and accesories that contain small magnets. They were sold at retailers from July 2004 to August 2007 for $4 to $20. A complete list of the recalled models can be found here: http://cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07272.html

The Barbie and Tanner play sets include model numbers J9472 and J9560. The recalled play sets have a "scooper" accessory with a visible, silver, disc-shaped magnet at the end of the scooper. The sets were sold at retailers from May 2006 to August 2007 for about $16. The full recall and pictures can be viewed here: http://cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07271.html

The recalled Batman and One Piece magnetic action figures include seven inch tall action figures with the Batman logo on the front and magnetic accessories. The recalled One Piece toy is the One Piece¿¿¿ Triple Slash Zolo Roronoa¿¿¿ figure with model number J4142, which is printed on the back of the action figure's left leg. The recalled figures were sold at discount department stores and toy stores from June 2006 to June 2007 for about $11. The complete list of recalled toys and pictures can be found here: http://cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07269.html

Parents should immediately take these toys away from children. Contact Mattel to receive instructions on how to return the toys to receive a replacement toy or voucher. Call (888) 597-6597 or go to www.service.mattel.com.

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