The world’s leading toy maker, Mattel, has announced a third recall of toys made in China, again because of high levels of lead in paint. The latest alert involves Fisher Price toys, primarily aimed at younger children, and a number of accessories for Barbie. The doll herself is not involved. In total more than 800,000 toys are being recalled, which were shipped between August 2006 and the end of last July. The series of problems has caused serious concerns over the quality of Chinese-made products. High levels of lead in paint have been linked to child health problems, including brain damage.
Mattel has now increased quality checks on its products, and says every toy is checked before reaching the shops. Critics accuse the company of not reacting quickly enough over last month’s recall of some 19 million products.