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Lead Paint in Dangerous Toys

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Mattel, which manufactures Barbie dolls and Hot Wheel cars, on Tuesday recalled almost 500,000 die-cast toy cars with “impermissible levels of lead.” This is Mattel’s second recall in a month; on August 2 Mattel recalled almost 1,000,000 toys, of various product lines, also because the toys were “covered in lead paint.” Despite Mattel’s efforts to stop distribution of the toys, almost 300,000 of them were bought by U.S. Consumers. The toys include

Sesame Street and Nickelodeon characters — including the Elmo Tub Sub, the Dora the Explorer Backpack, and the Giggle Gabber, a toy shaped like Elmo or Cookie Monster that toddlers shake to hear giggles and funny noises

. Consumers can get more information from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.