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Third Recall for Mattel Because of Lead-Tainted Toys

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Mattel has announced another recall on toys, which has been the third recall in less than five weeks. All the recalled toys have been pulled from the shelves because of excess lead in the surface paint.

This worldwide recall involves 11 different toys, including eight pet and furniture playsets sold under the Barbie brand and three Fisher-Price toys — two GeoTrax toys and a Big, Big World bongo set. No Barbie dolls are affected. A total of 844,000 toys are involved, about two-thirds of which were sold in the U.S. The toys were all made in China by several different vendors.

Robert Eckert, chairman and chief executive of El Segundo, Calif.-based Mattel, said that there may be more recalls because the company has increased investigations into the Chinese factories that manufacture their goods and intensified production checks. The company spent more than 50,000 investigating its vendors and testing their toys. As a result of these investigations a number of manufacturers will no longer be making toys for Mattel.

Here is the list of recalled toys:

-Fisher Price Big Big World 6-in-1 Bongo Band toys, sold from July, 2007 to Aug. 2007.

-Fisher-Price Geo Trax Locomotive Toys, sold from Sept. 2006 through Aug. 2007

-Various Mattel Barbie Accessory Toys, sold from Oct. 2006 through Aug. 2007:

-Barbie Dream Puppy Houseâ„¢ (lead paint on dog)

-Barbie Dream Kitty Condoâ„¢ Playset (lead paint on cat)

-Barbie Table and Chairs Kitchen Playset (lead paint on dog, chip platter, dinner plates)

-Barbie Bathtub and Toilet Playset (lead point on cat)

-Barbie Futon and Table Living Room Playset (lead paint on cat)

-Barbie Desk and Chair Bedroom Playset (lead paint on dog)

-Barbie Couch & Table Living Room Playset (lead paint on purse)

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Defective and Dangerous Products.