NEW YORK (AP) - The world's largest toy maker is set to announce
a recall of a Chinese-made toy as early as today because it may
contain excessive amounts of lead paint.
It would mark the second time in two weeks that Mattel has
recalled toys because of lead paint. On August 1st, Mattel's
Fisher-Price division recalled 1.5 million preschool toys featuring
characters such as Dora the Explorer, Big Bird and Elmo.
According to three people close to the matter, the latest recall
involves a different Chinese supplier.
A new Mattel recall would mark the latest in a string of recalls
that have rocked the toy industry just as it prepares for the
critical holiday season. With more than 80 percent of toys sold
worldwide made in China, toy sellers are nervous that shoppers will
shy away from their products.