A friend just called to tell me that The Mattel Corporation has recently recalled a number of Polly Pocket playsets that have been determined to be dangerous to young children. We both thought this was particularly relevant considering I just reviewed Polly Pocket toys on this website. According to the recall page at the Mattel Consumer Relations Answer Center,
The recalled Polly Pocket!™ Product playsets consist of dolls and accessories containing tiny magnets inside which can fall out. Magnets found by children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract to each other and cause intestinal perforation or blockage, which can be fatal if not treated.
I checked for additional information online, and learned from ABC News that since 2003 there have been children who have required surgical attention, along with one death.
There may be additional recalls as the companies continue to test products. Shouldn’t the products have been tested before they were released? Can we still make things in the United States or at least require adequate testing of products created in other countries?