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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mattel Recalls More Chinese-Made Toys

APA Chinese girl looking at Polly Pocket toys, manufactured by toy maker Mattel, on Wednesday at store in Beijing.
WASHINGTON -- Mattel extended its recalls of Chinese-made toys to 18.2 million, including popular Barbie, Polly Pocket and "Cars" movie items, and warned that more could be ordered off store shelves because of lead paint and tiny magnets that could be swallowed.

Tuesday's recalls came nearly two weeks after Mattel, the United States' largest toy maker, recalled 1.5 million Fisher-Price infant toys worldwide, which were also made in China, because of possible lead-paint hazards for children.

The U.S. government warned parents to make sure children are not playing with any of the recalled toys.

Nancy Nord, acting Consumer Product Safety Commission chairwoman, said no injuries had been reported with any of the products involved in Tuesday's recalls. She said the recalls were intentionally broad to prevent injuries.

Several injuries had been reported in an earlier Polly Pocket recall in November. At least one U.S. child has died and 19 others have needed surgery since 2003 after swallowing magnets used in toys, the government said.

Mattel's worldwide recall involved 436,000 die-cast Sarge cars related to the character from the movie "Cars" because they contained lead paint. It also extended a November recall of toys containing magnets that can be swallowed by children; they included Polly Pocket dolls and Batman action figures. That recall now encompasses 18.2 million magnetic toys worldwide.

The recall includes about 9.3 million play sets that contain small, powerful magnets. Among the toys are Polly Pocket dolls and Barbie and Tanner play sets, along with Batman and Zolo Roronoa action figures and Doggie Day Care. Many of the magnetic toys are older and may have been purchased as early as 2003.

"Another week, another recall of Chinese-made toys," said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, who suggested detaining and inspecting all Chinese toy imports for lead paint. "We can't wait any longer for China to crack down on its lax safety standards. This needs to stop now before more children and more families are put at risk."

U.S. Representative Mike Ferguson said companies whose toys are made in China need to be sure their products meet U.S. safety standards. "If they don't, I believe Congress must give federal regulators the authority to ensure that our kids' toys won't actually harm them," he said.

In a conference call with reporters, Mattel chief executive Bob Eckert said the company was increasing its oversight and testing in its production processes. As a result, he noted, more recalls may occur.

"There is no guarantee that we will not be here again and have more recalls," Eckert said. "We are testing at a very high level here."

In full-page ads in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and U.S. daily USA Today on Tuesday, Mattel said it had "one of the most trusted names with parents" and was "working extremely hard to address your concerns and continue creating safe, entertaining toys for you and your children."

Tuesday's recalls were the latest blows to the nation's toy industry, which relies on China for about 80 percent of toys sold in the United States.