The CPSC and Fisher-Price Inc. are recalling 967,000 toys because the surface paint contains too much lead. Lead is toxic and if it is ingested by children, lead can cause health problems. Over 83 different types of toys are included in the recall, such as popular Sesame Street and Dora the Explorer toys.
The recalled toys were manufactured in China and were then distributed in stores all over the United States. The toys were available from May 2007 to August 2007. This is the first recall for Fisher-Price since 1998, when the company had to recall 10 million Power Wheels toys.
The general manager of Fisher-Price, David Allmark, said that the problem was found by an internal probe, and was then reported to the CPSC. Allmark stated that this recall is troubling because the company had a good and long-standing relationship with the Chinese vendor. The company will now have to monitor vendors and safety standards more closely.
Allmark stated, “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 recalled items were manufactured between April 19 and July 6, 2007 and all are marked with “Fisher Price”. The toys may include a date code between 109-7LF and 187-7LF, which would be labeled on the product or the packaging.
Lead poisoning can cause brain and kidney damage, especially in young children. Symptoms of excessive lead exposure include nausea, headaches, constipation, seizures, and coma.
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