Mattel Toy Recalls

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A major toy recall is in effect for nearly a million toys worldwide. The Fisher Price toys have been sold in the U.S. since May.

They include favorite figures from Sesame Street like Elmo and Big Bird.
Other popular characters Dora and Diego, too.

Company testing found that the toys, all made in China, contain unsafe levels of lead.

According to Fisher Price parent company, Mattel, most of the tainted toys never left store shelves. However, product safety officials say the estimated 300,000 toys that were sold need to be taken back.

This recall is the latest that has heightened global concern about the safety of products made in China. In recent months factories in China have been the sources of poisonous pet food, dangerous car tires, and lead paint on the popular Thomas and Friends wooden toys, all of which have been yanked from the U.S. market.

Officials say this warning is particularly alarming since Mattel is known for strict safety checks in China. Although checks in this case had not been strict enough to prevent the large recall by government standards.

Owners of the recalled toys can exchange it for a voucher which is good for another product of the same value.

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