Fisher-Price Recalls 1.5m Chinese-Made Toys

Fisher-Price affected toys recalled


Fisher-Price is recalling tens of thousands of toys sold in the UK after concerns over excessive levels of lead in their paint. The products form part of a global withdrawal of 1.5 million Chinese-made plastic pre-school toys over safety fears. Fisher-Price's parent company, Mattel, said that no injuries had occurred as a result of the sales, but urged parents to stop children using the affected toys immediately.

The recall follows after the discovery of problems with a number of character-based products marketed for children as young as two years old. Included in the recall are popular Dora, Diego and Lazy Town character-based products aimed at the pre-school market. Mattel is asking US consumers and sellers to return 967,000 plastic toys and is recalling another 533,000 from other countries, including Britain, Canada and Mexico.

More than 94,000 units of the toys have gone on sale in stores across the UK and Ireland. The toys were sold in the UK between May and August this year. Lead paint has been linked to various health problems in children, including brain damage. Lead is a poisonous metal that can damage nervous connections (especially in young children) and cause blood and brain disorders.

A review has been ordered in the USA following a series of defective products involving Chinese goods this year. The United States has stepped up inspections of goods from China after a chemical additive in pet food caused the death of some pets. Toxic ingredients were also found in Chinese fish and toothpaste exports, while the deaths of patients in Panama were blamed on improperly labelled Chinese chemicals mixed into cough syrup. Chinese-made toy trains were recalled in the United States in June because some may have contained lead paint.

The list of products affected by the recall of Fisher-Price plastic toys in the UK:

  • Dora Say It Two Ways Assortment
  • Dora's Talking House
  • Dora Talking Vamonos Van
  • Dora Pals
  • Dora Let's Go Adventure
  • Dora's Talking House Deluxe
  • Dora Mini Playset
  • Diego Talking Field Journal
  • Diego Talking Rescue 4x4
  • Diego Talking Gadget Belt
  • Lazy Town Music Transporter
  • Go Diego Go Rescue Adventure
  • Lazy Town Music Transporter

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