Another major recall is underway -- and this one could affect you. The Mattel company announced Tuesday it's recalling nine million toys made in China.
The toys contain lead paint or have parts and accessories that pose a choking hazard.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission is telling parents not to hesitate -- to remove the recalled toys from their homes now.
Nine million units of Mattel toys with household names are part of the latest recall of Chinese-made toys.
Four toys are being recalled because of magnets coming loose:
- Batman and one-piece magnetic action figure sets
- Barbie and Tanner magnetic toys
- Doggie Day Care magnetic toys
- Polly Pocket play-sets
The Sarge die-cast toy cars are being recalled for containing lead paint. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children. Loose magnets cause serious injury, too.
CPSC acting chairman Nancy Ford said, "If more than one magnet is swallowed they can attract and can cause intestinal perforations, blockage."
Tuesday's announcement comes just two weeks after another Mattel recall involving 1.5 million Chinese made toys. There is a possibility that the entire toy industry will suffer if parents are jittery about buying Chinese-made toys during the upcoming holidays.
The CSPC says it is working with the Chinese to educate them about US safety standards, recommending that Chinese manufacturers test toys suspected to not be up to US standards. The question is: whether that is enough.