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Mattel, Inc., the world’s largest toymaker and distributor, announced on August 9, 2007, a toy recall of nearly a million items from its Fisher-Price division, because the plastic pre-school toys were made in China with paint found to have excessive amounts of lead. The toys were made by a Chinese vender and included the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Oscar, Sponge Bob, Dora and Deigo characters.

The toys were sold in the United States between May 1, 2007, and August. Fisher-Price and the U. S. Consumer Products Safety Commission issued statements saying parents should keep suspect toys away from the children and contact the company at 800-916-4498.

For more information on this subject matter, please refer to the section on Defective and Dangerous Products

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