Parents are once again casting a wary eye on their kids' toy boxes tonight. The Mattel Company has ordered another major recall of toys made in China. Not at all fun and games for the world's largest toy maker. Mattel announced its third major toy recall in just over a month due to excessive amounts of lead paint. Barbie accessories, the Geotrax locomotive line and Big Big World 6-in-1 Bongo Band toys make up the 800,000 toys being recalled. The sales primarily took place between September of 2006 and August of this year. Mattel Chairman and CEO Robert Eckert said, "In recent weeks we promised consumers we would focus on ensuring the safety and quality of our toys through extensive testing of finished products and through thorough investigation of our vendors." In mid August Mattel recalled about 19 million toys worldwide -- those were also Chinese-made toys with lead paint and small magnets that could be easily swallowed by children. But it's the frequency of the recalls that is hard to swallow for consumers as their confidence dwindles. Parent Michael Baez said, "It's not right to let stuff out like that if a kid is going to get harmed by it. I'd want to sue somebody if my kid got hurt by it." Lead paint was also to blame for Mattel's august first recall of 1.5 million pre-school toys. At a press conference last month the chairman and CEO of the California-based Mattel warned more recalls could be on the way as the company ramped up its investigations into its production in China. Eckert said, "Nobody likes to have recalls. But the fact is the safety of children is the utmost important thing here." The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said they currently have their own investigations underway and we haven't seen the last of the recalls.
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