Mattel Recalls 800,000 Toys Worldwide

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mattel has announced its third major recall of Chinese-made toys in a little more than a month.

The recall is the latest blow to the world's largest toy maker as the critical holiday shopping season approaches.

Mattel says the action involves a total of more than 800,000 units, including 675,000 Barbie doll accessories, because of excessive amounts of lead-tainted paint.

The recall also covers 90,000 units of Mattel's GeoTrax locomotive line and 8,900 Big Big World 6-in-1 Bongo Band toys, both from the company's Fisher-Price brand. The Big Big World products were sold nationwide from July through August of this year, while the GeoTrax toys were sold from September 2006 through August of this year.

The recalled Barbie accessories were sold between October 2006 and August of this year. No Barbie dolls were included in the action.

The details of the recall were negotiated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

(For information about Tuesday's recalls, consumers should call Mattel at 888-496-8330 or visit the company's Web site at http://www.service.mattel.com.)


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