Mattel and Fisher Price Settle Over Lead in Toys

US Consumer Settlement for Lead in Children’s Toys

Mattel and its Fisher-Price subsidiary have reached a settlement over lead and loose magnets in toys with American families that could total more than $50 million. The case started when millions of toys were withdrawn from the worldwide market in 2006 and 2007 when they were found to exceed legal limits of lead in the paint or plastic of the toy.

The affected toys include certain Sesame Street toys, Dora the Explorer and Diego toys made by Fisher-Price, certain Mattel toys, such as Batman, Polly Pocket, Barbie accessories, and Sarge cars.

Mattel List of Toys Recalled

Other toys recalled contain small magnets that if ingested could cause intestinal perforation. Three children required surgery after swallowing more than one magnet. Mattel recalled 18.2 million magnetic toys worldwide, 1.9 million of which were sold in the UK.

According to the Mattel Consumer Relations Website, the only countries affected were the US & Canada. However, the BBC report Mattel recalls millions more toys includes a statement from Mattel saying that “49,000 of the affected vehicles were in the UK and Ireland”. The vechicles referred to are the Sarge toy (shown below) from the Pixar film ‘Cars’.

Here are the Mattel list of toys that were recalled. For a full list with pictures of the toys go to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

If you are concerned about your toys please contact Mattel or Fisher-Price direct.

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Product Details

Company, brand or retail storeMattel and Fisher Price
Recall DateWed 14th Oct 2009
Product TypeToys 1 - 3 Years
HazardToys were withdrawn from the worldwide market in 2006 and 2007 when they were found to exceed legal limits of lead in the paint or plastic of the toy. Other toys recalled contain small magnets that if ingested could cause intestinal perforation.
IncidentsThree children required surgery after swallowing more than one magnet.
RemedyIf you are concerned about your toys please contact Mattel or Fisher-Price direct.
Product DescriptionSesame Street toys, Dora the Explorer and Diego toys made by Fisher-Price, certain Mattel toys, such as Batman, Polly Pocket, Barbie accessories, and Sarge cars.
Contact Websitehttp://www.mattel.com
Recall TypeRecall
Recall AuthorityTrading Standards
Recall CountryUnited Kingdom

Comments for 'Mattel and Fisher Price Settle Over Lead in Toys'

4 Responses to Mattel and Fisher Price Settle Over Lead in Toys

  1. John says:

    In the UK we panic when the news comes out, then sweep it under the carpet so we can conveniently forget about it. I think this case will only benefit the US and not the 2 million families that bought Mattel or Fisher-Price recalled products in the UK.
    It looks as though Mattel knowingly sold products with lead over the US legal limits. Grrrrr – this makes me so annoyed!

  2. John says:

    In the UK we panic when the news comes out, then sweep it under the carpet so we can conveniently forget about it. I think this case will only benefit the US and not the 2 million families that bought Mattel or Fisher-Price recalled products in the UK.
    It looks as though Mattel knowingly sold products with lead over the US legal limits. Grrrrr – this makes me so annoyed!

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