back on August 1st, Mattel announced the recall of 1.5 million toys under the label of its "Fisher-Price" division * due to the use of lead-based paint, illegal in the US, by the Chinese toy producer.
today Mattel is adding 3 more products to the recall: one due to the use of lead-based paint and two due to magnet hazards. according to the recall notice:
Incidents/Injuries: Since the previous recall announcement, Mattel has received more than 400 additional reports of magnets coming loose. CPSC was aware in the first recall announcement of 170 reports of the magnets coming out of the recalled toys. There had been three reports of serious injuries to children who swallowed more than one magnet. All three suffered intestinal perforations that required surgery.
80% of toys sold in the US are manufactured in China.
it was reported by a Chinese state-run newspaper, that " Days after the Fisher-Price recall, Chinese officials temporarily banned the toys' manufacturer, Lee Der Industrial Co., from exporting products. A Lee Der co-owner, Cheung Shu-hung, committed suicide at a warehouse over the weekend, apparently by hanging himself, …"
* gah. I didn't even know Fisher-Price belonged to Mattel; I'd always liked F-P: they seemed so…innocent