It was recently announced that toy manufacturer, Fisher-Price, is recalling almost a million toys that pose a potential health hazard for children because of excessive amounts of lead in the paint used on the products. Many of the toys featured popular characters like Elmo, Big Bird, and Dora the Explorer. This caught my eye immediately because Fisher-Price toys can be found in almost every corner of my house, so obviously I wanted to make sure the toys are safe. Here is a link to an article entitled “Fisher-Price recalls 1M toys“, describing the announcement as reported by CNN. According to the article,
The worldwide recall being announced Thursday [August 2, 2007] 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.
I checked the list of toys and while we do own a few of the toys listed, they were purchased quite some time ago, and are not part of the batch being recalled. If you believe you may own one of the toys in question, you can visit the Mattel Consumer Relations Answer Center. If you do own one of the recalled toys, you can exchange it for a voucher for another product of the same value. For more information, call Mattel’s recall hot line at 800-916-4498.