06 September 2007 | Paul Snell
US toy firm Mattel has begun a third recall of products after more safety fears over some of its toys made in China.
The company said it was recalling 11 more lines, which include eight Barbie playsets and three Fisher Price toys, because they may have been finished with potentially toxic paint. The recall will affect 848,000 toys, more than half a million of which are in the US.
It follows the firm's recall of almost 1.5 million toys in August (News, 23 August) over fears they had been contaminated by lead paint. After these earlier recalls Mattel said it had implemented a three-stage check system to prevent further problems during manufacture.
Subcontractors working for Mattel's suppliers applied the potentially dangerous paint. The subcontractors are now either no longer used by Mattel or are out of business.
Robert Eckert, the chairman and chief executive of Mattel, said: "As a result of our ongoing investigation we discovered additional affected products. Consequently, several subcontractors are no longer manufacturing Mattel toys. We apologise again and promise that we will continue to ensure the safety and quality of our toys."