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    Exclamation Mattel Recall Includes 253,000 "Sarge" Cars



    Mattel announced a second wave of toy recalls today that included 253,000 "Sarge" cars from the Disney/Pixar movie Cars. They are 2 1/2" die cast cars sold between May 2007 and August 2007, packaged individually and as part of two-car sets. The cars are being recalled for having surface paint with lead levels in excess of Federal standards.

    Additional toys being recalled today include various Polly Pocket, Barbie, Batman and other items which contain magnets that could come loose and pose a hazard to small children if ingested.

    Over 9 million toys total were affected by today's recall.

    Mattel announced a recall of 1.5 million Fisher-Price toys on August 2nd. These Sesame Street and Dora the Explorer items also contained surface paint with excessive levels of lead.

    Details, including complete lists of recalled items, are on Mattel's website at http://www.mattel.com/safety/us/.
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    Re: Mattel Recall Includes 253,000 "Sarge" Cars

    And to top things off, Sarge probably only runs on Leaded Gas, too.

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    Re: Mattel Recall Includes 253,000 "Sarge" Cars

    crikeys...homemade gifts are looking mighty good for the holidays this year!

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    Re: Mattel Recall Includes 253,000 "Sarge" Cars

    Either that, or trips to China are off the board.

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    Re: Mattel Recall Includes 253,000 "Sarge" Cars

    There's growing concern about lead in children's products, including Disney-themed merchandise. From the New York Times:

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 — Certain vinyl baby bibs sold at Toys “R” Us stores appear to be contaminated with lead, laboratory tests have shown, making the inexpensive bibs another example of a made-in-China product that may be a health hazard to children.

    The vinyl bibs, which feature illustrations of baseball bats and soccer balls and Disney’s Winnie the Pooh characters, are sold for less than $5 each under store brand labels, including Especially for Baby and Koala Baby.

    Tests this summer, financed by the Center for Environmental Health of Oakland, Calif., found lead as high as three times the level allowed in paint in several styles of the bibs purchased from both Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores in California.

    A separate test by a laboratory hired by The New York Times of the same Toys “R” Us bibs, purchased in Maryland, found a similar level of contamination.

    “These bibs are exposing children to lead in an unnecessary way,” said Caroline Cox, research director at the Center for Environmental Health, a nonprofit agency that for the last decade has been testing consumer products for lead, in an effort to remove them from the market.

    Kathleen Waugh, a Toys “R” Us spokeswoman, said that the company had hired an independent lab to do tests on the bibs as recently as May and they were found to be in compliance with safety standards for lead levels. Any test showing that individual bibs were potentially contaminated should not be interpreted as meaning the problem is widespread, she said, adding that the company’s own tests are more stringent than federal standards. “Our uncompromising commitment to safety has been, and continues to be, our highest priority,” she said in a written statement.
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    Re: Mattel Recall Includes 253,000 "Sarge" Cars

    What is it with lead paint? Why is lead even used today? Can someone please explain it too me?

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    Re: Mattel Recall Includes 253,000 "Sarge" Cars

    From what I've read, lead based paint dries faster thus allowing the production of more products.
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    Re: Mattel Recall Includes 253,000 "Sarge" Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by NatdRat View Post
    From what I've read, lead based paint dries faster thus allowing the production of more products.
    Interesting. But hasn't the US banned lead paint? If they have, then why do other countries still use it? They must know it is dangerous. Is it a cost thing? Maybe lead paint in cheaper? But when you had lawsuits to the mix, the cost of the cheap paint raises.

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    Re: Mattel Recall Includes 253,000 "Sarge" Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by Nancywitt View Post
    What is it with lead paint? Why is lead even used today? Can someone please explain it too me?
    http://www.slate.com/id/2172289/?gt1=10346

    Because it's bright, durable, flexible, fast-drying, and cheap. Paint manufacturers mix in different lead compounds depending on the color of the paint. Lead chromates, for example, can enhance a yellow or orange hue. Municipal workers often use lead paint because it resists the color-dimming effects of ultraviolet light: The double yellow line in the middle of the road? That's loaded with lead. Paint manufacturers also add lead and other heavy metals to make paint stick better instead of flaking off. Price is also a factor: China mass-produces the stuff, and coloring agents like lead chromate are generally cheaper than organic pigments.
    But for all its utility, lead is dangerous even in small quantities. In 1978, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission made it illegal to use any paint containing more than 0.06 percent lead for residential structures, hospitals, and children's products. But it's still widely used on bridges, tanks, towers, heavy equipment, parking lots, road signs, and other large-scale projects. There's still lead in most consumer paints, too—just much, much less. Many paint manufacturers now use safer alternatives like zinc and bromide, although these metals don't quite match lead's luster or strength.

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    Re: Mattel Recall Includes 253,000 "Sarge" Cars

    Its a shame we cannot inspect all import items - there is a checkpoint at the Nogales, Sonora, Mexico/Nogales, Arizona port of entry for produce... that is a hell of a lot of produce... why can't our cheapy china toys be inspected before they come off the barge too? But if American's would step up and refuse to purchase cheap mdse, maybe we wouldn't have a problem with this in the first place.

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    Re: Mattel Recall Includes 253,000 "Sarge" Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by All4dISNEY View Post
    crikeys...homemade gifts are looking mighty good for the holidays this year!
    Socks! Socks! Socks! Socks! Hand knit socks!

    What's bad about these recalls is that these are toddler toys. Toddler toys go instantly in the mouth.

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    Re: Mattel Recall Includes 253,000 "Sarge" Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by CrystalPalaceGirl View Post
    Its a shame we cannot inspect all import items - there is a checkpoint at the Nogales, Sonora, Mexico/Nogales, Arizona port of entry for produce... that is a hell of a lot of produce... why can't our cheapy china toys be inspected before they come off the barge too? But if American's would step up and refuse to purchase cheap mdse, maybe we wouldn't have a problem with this in the first place.
    It's hard not to buy products that have some sort of connection to cheap labor land. Most of what we buy is either made overseas or made here in America by companies that employ illegal immigrants.

    I personally wish Companies would stop going overseas, but I think that is an impossible dream in my mind now.

    I just wish that American inspectors would have inspected these toys before they were put in the market place . I feel no sympathy for Mattel, just for the stores who wind up selling this stuff, not knowing how dangerous they are, and the customers who wind up buying the product.

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    Re: Mattel Recall Includes 253,000 "Sarge" Cars

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    Re: Mattel Recall Includes 253,000 "Sarge" Cars

    My Sarge toy is recalled.


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