Nearly a million Fisher Price toys... all sold since May of this year and made in China.... are being yanked from store shelves.
That's because they contain high levels of lead paint which can be toxic.
Altogether 83 types of Mattel's Fisher Price toys are being removed from store shelves. They include the popular Elmo, Dora, and Diego characters. It's the latest in a recent wave of recalled Chinese-made products. We're talking everything from toys and tires to seafood.
Don Mays with Consumer Reports says, "China doesn't have the level of regulation on products the way we do here."
In fact, 60 percent of all U.S. recalls are Chinese-made products. Officials say U.S. companies need to do more.
Patty Davis with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says, "It is the obligation of the U.S. firm to make sure that any products they bring into the United States meet those U.S. laws."
Mattel apologized, saying it's been doing business with this Chinese vendor for 15 years and trained the workers in quality control. It says the factory dropped the ball.
As for the safety risk... Mattel says it's low. Company officials say licking or touching an affected toy won't hurt you, but if a child chewed the paint off the toy... they suggest consulting your peditrician.
If you have a recalled toy... take it away from your children immediately.
It can be returned to the store where it was purchased.
You'll then receive a voucher for a replacement item of your choice up to the value of the returned toy.
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