Fisher-Price recall affects nearly one million toys

  1. CanWest News Service

    Published: Wednesday, August 01, 2007

    OTTAWA — Fisher-Price announced Wednesday it is recalling nearly one million Chinese-made toys over concerns about lead-based paint.
    The worldwide recall affects 967,000 Nickelodeon and Sesame Street toys, Fisher-Price said in a recorded message on its recall line, including popular items such as the Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters. The toys were made in China and sold in the_U.S. between May and August, Fisher-Price said.
    There was no immediate word on whether toys sold in Canada will be recalled.
    A statement posted on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website said people should immediately take the recalled toys away from children. They will be able to return the product in exchange for a voucher for a replacement toy of equal value.
    In an interview with the Associated Press on Wednesday, David Allmark, general manager of Fisher-Price, said the problem was detected by an internal probe and reported to the product safety commission.
    Under current U.S. regulations, children’s products found to have more than .06 per cent lead accessible to users are subject to a recall.
    Allmark told AP the recall was “fast-tracked,” which allowed the company to quarantine two-thirds of the toys before they made it to store shelves. Fisher-Price and the government had wanted to withhold details of the recall from the public until Thursday to give stores time to get suspect toys off the shelves and Fisher-Price time to get its recall hotline running, but some news organizations broke the embargo and posted news of the recall online.
    Allmark said the recall was troubling because Fisher-Price has a longstanding relationship with the Chinese company, which added decorative paint to the toys. He said the company would use the recall as an opportunity to put better monitoring systems in place.
    For more information, log on to www.service.mattel.com or call Fisher-Price at 800-916-4498.

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