Mattel recalled 665,000 lead-contaminated children’s products and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced recalls of 627,000 other Chinese-made toys from various manufacturers that are contaminated with lead, according to an Associated Press report.
Mattel, the nation’s largest toy maker recalled 18.6 million toys as of August 14th and Bob Eckert, Mattel’s chief executive, predicted more recalls would occur as a result of stepped-up oversight and testing.
The latest recalls included about 38,000 “Go Diego Go!” Animal Rescue boats, 97,000 children’s toy gardening tools, 80,000 football bobble head cake decorations, about 198,000 Beary Cute, Expressions and Sassy & Chic children’s metal jewelry sets, 110,000 WeGlow children’s metal jewelry sets, and 142,000 purple Halloween pails with witch decorations. All the toy products recalls were because the paints contained high levels of lead.
Lead is toxic if ingested by young children. Under current regulations, unsafe children’s products found to have more than .06 percent lead accessible to users are subject to a recall. Julie Vallese, a CPSC spokeswoman said the effects of lead are cumulative and that the biggest risk to children remains lead paint in homes.
“Parents should really keep the recalls for lead paint in perspective,” she said. “These products are being recalled because they violate the law..
The number of recalled, South Carolina unsafe toys seems to increase on an almost daily basis. As toy manufacturers continue to place our children in danger in the interest of increased profits and decreased production costs, many children are becoming injured while doing little more than playing with their toys. If someone in your family has sustained an injury from an unsafe toy, you should speak with a South Carolina Dangerous Toy Lawyer at the Louthian Law Firm as soon as possible. We have helped injured South Carolinians seek justice through the courts since 1959.