Attention Moms: Fisher Price Recalling Toys

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    Toy-maker Fisher-Price is recalling 83 types of toys -- including the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters -- because their paint contains excessive amounts of lead.

    The worldwide recall being announced Thursday involves 967,000 plastic preschool toys made by a Chinese vendor and sold in the United States between May and August. It is the latest in a wave of recalls that has heightened global concern about the safety of Chinese-made products.

    The recall is the first for Fisher-Price Inc. and parent company Mattel Inc. involving lead paint. It is the largest for Mattel since 1998 when Fisher-Price had to yank about 10 million Power Wheels from toy stores.

    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 Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    Fisher-Price and the commission issued statements saying parents should keep suspect toys away from children and contact the company.

    The commission works with companies to issue recalls when it finds consumer goods that can be harmful. Under current regulations, children's products found to have more than .06 percent lead accessible to users are subject to a recall.

    Allmark says the recall was "fast-tracked," which allowed the company to quarantine two-thirds of the toys before they even made it to store shelves.

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    In negotiating details of the recall, Fisher-Price and the government agreed to withhold details from the public until Thursday to give stores time to get suspect toys off shelves and Fisher-Price time to get its recall hot line up and running.

    Allmark said the recall was troubling because Fisher-Price has had a long-standing relationship with the Chinese vendor, which had applied decorative paint to the toys.

    Allmark said the company would use this recall as an opportunity to put even better systems in place to monitor vendors whose conduct does not meet Mattel's standards.

    He added: "We are still concluding the investigation, how it happened. ... But there will be a dramatic investigation on how this happened. We will learn from this."

    The recall follows another high-profile move from toy maker RC2 Corp., which in June voluntarily recalled 1.5 million wooden railroad toys and set parts from its Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway product line.

    The company said that the surface paint on certain toys and parts made in China between January 2005 and April 2006 contain lead, affecting 26 components and 23 retailers.

    "Anytime a company brings a banned hazardous product into the U.S. marketplace, especially one intended for children, it is unacceptable," said Nancy Nord, acting chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    "Ensuring that Chinese-made toys are safe for U.S. consumers is one of my highest priorities and is the subject of vital talks currently in place between CPSC and the Chinese government."

    Carter Keithley, president of the Toy Industries Association, praised Mattel's quick response to the problem, and suggested Mattel will use this setback as a lesson for not only the company but for the entire industry. However, he expressed concern about how the recall and other toy recalls will play out in consumers' minds in advance of the holiday season.

    "We are worried about the public feeling," said Keithley, adding he observed how toy companies are embracing strict controls during a recent toy safety seminar in China. "We have thought all along that (consumers) can be confident in the products," he said. "But if companies like Mattel have this, then you have to ask how did this happen?"

    Owners of a recalled toy can exchange it for a voucher for another product of the same value. To see pictures of the recalled toys, visit For more information, call Mattel's recall hot line at 800-916-4498. E-mail to a friend
  2. Thanks Twiggs!
  3. thanks so much. I just removed one toy that might be affected from my son's toybox and filled out the info on the mattel site for the recall.
  4. LOL-You beat me to this. I was just going to post this.

    My son has the Diego 4X4 Truck that is affected. GRRR.... My other son had the Music Thomas that was on that recall list like last month. (Thankfully my kids are easy on their toys and have not chipped any paint on them.) Thanks for the Heads up!
  5. I am so sick of this. Lead paint on childrens toys, pets dead from poison food, poison toothpaste, all to save literally a few pennies on production. Enjoy your never-ending lawsuits, corporate sellout-boys. :cursing:

    Um, how about we dump this ridiculous supply side economics bullsh*t and go back to manufacturing products in the USA? You know, like we had for our ENTIRE HISTORY before Ronnie Raygun and the KKKool Aid Crew took over.

    And on top of it all, products don't become any cheaper for the consumer when they are manufactured in China. The savings just mean more profit for shareholders. In the mean time, the people who buy and use this stuff are being put in danger by a country that does not value human life.

  6. Oh my! I've sent this to a few of my mommy-friends in the US. We do not have any plastic toys in our house, so this really isn't an issue for us...All of our toys are made out of cloth :smile:

    If something like this happens to Fisher Price & Mattel, who is to know how many other, cheaper products that are produced in China or other "typical" production countries, contain harmful chemicals
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    I feel the same way! Actually DH and I had a conversation about this, and needless to say we don't see eye to eye on it.
  8. I have three kids and we have about half the stuff on the list! :mad:
  9. yikes! Luckily we don't own any of the toys on this list! Of course we have been out of the country vacationing since beginning of June so that could be another reason why. I sure hope everyone sees or hears about the recall and gets rid of these toys.
  10. I finally got a response from Mattel (can't believe how long it took). For those of you who have yet to receive the email, you need to check the date code on the toy to determine if it is actually affected. My toy actually has a different date code, but I am still not putting it back for my son to play with.
  11. not sure if you've all seen this already-

    my daughter had some of these Backyardigans guys. i had already taken them away from her before the recall cause she was chewing on them and the paint comes right off! and she just got them for her bday on july 11 so i'm sure they're recalled! :cursing:
  12. Wow...this is happening way to much...I too just sent back some Thomas trains and have yet to hear anything!
    Now another package to send I have the time for this!
  13. I guess the head over there at Mattel got a little stressed out over this... saw on CNN he commited suicide.
  14. I had to get rid of a ton of Polly Pocket dolls and we also had the Doggie Day Care stuff too. My daughter was mad!
  15. What really pisses me off is the fact that they check after the toys have already been distributed. Shouldn't these toys be tested for these things before the children of the world have had them for a year or more!!!
    My son is an absolute Thomas freak and has had a room full of thomas toys for the past 3 years. By the time they did the recall he had already chipped the paint by chewing on the toys sending them back now wasn't going to make a difference.
    In the world we live in you can never be sure about what is and isn't safe because they never tell us the truth anyway!