September 4, 2007 at 9:54 PM EDT
NEW YORK — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in co-operation with Mattel Inc., announced late Tuesday that it is recalling about 700,000 Chinese-made toys that have excessive amounts of lead paint.
The recall covers 675,000 units of various Barbie accessory toys that were manufactured between Sept. 30, 2006, and Aug. 20, 2007. The action also involves 8,900 different toys involving Big Big World 6-in-1 Bongo Band toys from the company's Fisher-Price brand. Those products were sold from July 2007 through Aug. 2007.
The announcement marks Mattel's third major recall of Chinese-made toys because of lead paint in a matter of a month.
Mattel's last recall, announced on Aug. 14, covered about 19 million toys worldwide. They included Chinese-made toys that either had excessive amounts of lead paint or had small magnets that could easily be swallowed by children.
It's not as if China didn't know the rules. They had another hassle with China on this a few years ago. Lead paint has been a no no on children's toys for fifty or sixty years.