Consumers Warned About Lead-Contaminated Fisher-Price Toys

Aug. 6, 2007 — The V.I. Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA) has inspected stores throughout the territory in search of Fisher-Price toys subject to a voluntary recall by the Mattel Company for excessive levels of lead on toy surfaces.
The department’s search disclosed that Kmart had already removed 21 items from its shelves on St. Thomas and 47 items on St. Croix. DLCA investigators moved hastily because of the potential hazard to children, since lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects, according to a DLCA news release.
The Mattel toys recalled were made in China between April 19 and July 6, and include, but are not limited to, Dora the Explorer, Sesame Street and others. The toys have a date code between 109-7LF and 187-7LF marked on the product. Approximately 967,000 units were imported into the United States by Fisher-Price of Aurora, N.Y. The model names and product numbers for the recalled toys, which are all marked with "Fisher-Price," are listed on the Mattel Company website.
Mattel urges consumers who have purchased these toys to take them away from children immediately and return them to the vendor where purchased for a full refund, the release said. Consumers can contact Fisher-Price at (800) 916-4498 for more information or to find out whether a Fisher-Price toy they own is subject to the Mattel recall.
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