Tuesday, August 14, 2007

RECALL: Mattel recalls Sarge Cars Due to Lead Safety Issues

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with California-based Mattel, today announced a voluntary recall about 253,000 “Sarge” die cast toy cars. Surface paints on the toys could contain lead levels in excess of federal standards. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects. There have been no reports of injuries. The recall involves die cast “Sarge” 2 ½ inch toy cars. The toy looks like a military jeep and measures about 2 ½ inches long by 1 inch high by 1 inch wide. The recalled toy has the markings “7EA” and “China” on the bottom. The “Sarge” toy car is sold alone or in a package of two, and may have the product number M1253 (for single cars) and K5925 (for cars sold as a set) printed on the packaging. The cars marked “Thailand” are not included in this recall.
They were sold at retail stores nationwide from May 2007 through August 2007 for between $7 and $20 (depending on whether they were sold individually or in sets) and made in China.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Mattel. Consumers will need to return the product to receive a replacement toy. For additional information, contact Mattel at 800-916-4997 anytime or visit http://www.service.mattel.com/

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