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Toys recalled in lead paint alert

Fisher-Price recall toys over safety fears

Fisher-Price is recalling tens of thousands of toys sold in the UK amid concerns over excessive levels of lead in their paint.

The products form part of a global withdrawal of nearly one million Chinese-made plastic pre-school toys over safety fears.

Parent company Mattel said no injuries had occurred as a result of the sales but urged parents to stop children using the affected toys immediately.

The move follows the discovery of problems with a number of character-based products marketed for children as young as two years old.

Pre-school market

In all, more than 94,000 units of the problem 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.

Included in the recall are popular Dora, Diego and Lazy Town character-based products aimed at the pre-school market.

Mattel said a ‘thorough investigation’ was now under way into how the products made their way on to the shelves.

‘Thorough investigation’

In a statement, Mattel UK said: ‘The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a release recalling a number of Fisher-Price licence character toys. 94,305 units of these products have been sold in the UK and Ireland. The toys were available from May 2007 to August 2007.

‘If customers have any of these products they should stop using them immediately, contact the Fisher-Price UK helpline on 01628 500303 or email helplineuk@mattel.com.

‘We will arrange for the return of the item and replacement toy of equivalent value.

‘There have been no injuries regarding these products but the surface paint of toys concerned contain excessive levels of lead.’

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