|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2007
Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 597-6597
Mattel Recalls Barbie and Tanner Magnetic Toys Due to Magnets Coming Loose
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Barbie and Tanner play sets
Units: About 683,000
Importer: Mattel Inc., of El Segundo, Calif.
Hazard: A small magnet inside the "scooper" accessory can come loose. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforation or blockage, which can be fatal.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of magnets coming loose. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recall involves Barbie and Tanner play sets -- model numbers J9472 and J9560. The toys include a "scooper" accessory with a magnetic end. Recalled scoopers have a visible, silver-colored, disc-shaped magnet on the end of the scooper. Scoopers with a white material covering the magnet and products manufactured after January 31, 2007 are not recalled.
Sold at: Toy stores and various other retailers nationwide May 2006 to August 2007 for about $16.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Mattel to receive a free replacement toy.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Mattel toll-free at (888) 597-6597 anytime or visit the firm's Web site at www.service.mattel.com
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