03 August 2007 | Paul Snell
US toy manufacturer Mattel is recalling 967,000 toys following a lead paint scare.
The Fisher-Price toys were made by a contract manufacturer in China using a non-approved lead paint. Products affected include well-known brands such as Sesame Street and Dora the Explorer.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued an alert for the affected toys yesterday, but said no incidents or injuries been reported.
Mattel apologised to parents who had bought the toys and were affected by the recall. It said it had withdrawn the items from sale and were intercepting further shipments.
"We require our manufacturing partners to use paint from approved and certified suppliers and have procedures in place to test and verify, but in this case they were not followed. We are investigating the causer to ensure such events do not reoccur," said Jim Walter, Mattel's senior vice-president of worldwide quality assurance.
The firm also said that the manufacturer had a good track record on safety issues, but would take action if necessary. It would also be reviewing all its products manufactured by suppliers in China.
European Union figures found that 48 per cent of all defective products entering the region in 2006 came from China.