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Mattel Recalls 1.5M Toys Made in China

Lead-tainted paint the culprit in Sesame Street, Nick items
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2007 5:47 AM CDT

(Newser) – Mattel is recalling some 1.5 million Chinese-made toys found to have "excessive levels" of lead in their paint. The Elmo's Guitar, Ernie Splashin' Fun Trike and 81 other  types of toys, mostly Nickelodean and Sesame Street products, were marketed under Mattel's Fisher-Price brand and cost between $5 and $40, Bloomberg reports.

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Over 300,000 of the toys were bought in America since May. Mattel, which makes 65% of its toys in China, said the company's strict procedures for using paint  from "approved and certified suppliers" were violated. (Read more China stories.)

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