Mattel Plans 3rd Recall of Toys Made in China

Will affect about 675,000 Barbie accessories
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2007 7:58 PM CDT
A store attendant stands near a display of Barbie dolls at a department store in Beijing Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007. A Chinese official said Wednesday that manufacturers in China and American toy giant...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barbie accessories will be reined in by the hundreds of thousands by Mattel, which plans to recall another three quarters of a million Chinese-made toys due to dangerously high lead paint levels, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company's third recall this summer will also affect about 100,000 “GeoTrax” train toys and musical instruments for preschool children.

Fears of lead contamination inspired Mattel’s first two recalls, both last month, which featured toys in the likeness of Elmo and “Sarge” from the Walt Disney Co. movie Cars. Another four toys were called in because they included miniature magnets that could be fatal if ingested. Mattel says it is now recalling almost 19 million toys worldwide.