Consumer product recall

Archived - 53 different Polly Pocket™ toys, 11 different Doggie Day Care® toys, 1 One Piece™ toy, 4 Batman™ toys, and an accessory part for 1 Barbie® toy

Starting date:
August 1, 2007
Posting date:
August 1, 2007
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Childrens' Products, Toys
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Product Safety
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-500001467

Affected products

53 different Polly Pocket™ toys, 11 different Doggie Day Care® toys, 1 One Piece™ toy, 4 Batman™ toys, and an accessory part for 1 Barbie® toy

Product description

This is an expansion of an earlier Mattel recall issued in November 2006. The expanded recall is due to increased reports of small magnets separating from the toys.

For further details and the full release see:
Mattel announces expanded recall of toys

For the full US CPSC releases and pictures:

Mattel Canada Inc. indicates that the majority of toys currently on store shelves have been made using a different process which eliminates the problem of the magnets separating from the toys.

Hazard identified

Tiny powerful magnets inside the toys can fall out. If a child swallows more than one magnet, the magnets can attract to each other across the intestines and cause intestinal perforation or blockage, which can be fatal.

In the US, there have been many reports of small magnets detaching from the toys and three reports of serious injuries to children after swallowing more than one magnet. The children, aged 2, 7 and 8 years suffered intestinal perforation and required surgery.

A description of the hazard can be found in the Healthy Canadians':
Magnets small size, serious risk

Number sold

Approximately 890,000 units of the affected toys were sold across Canada.

Time period sold

All toys were manufactured from 2002 through January 31, 2007.

Companies

Importer

Mattel Canada Inc.

Mississauga

Ontario

CANADA

Importer

Fisher-Price Canada

Mississauga

Ontario

CANADA
Tel: 1-800-524-8697

What you should do

Consumers are instructed to immediately take these products away from children. Look for and remove any small magnets that may have separated from the toys. Consumers can contact the company at 1-888-597-6597, or visit the company's Web site at Mattel Customer Relations Answer Center to arrange for a refund voucher.

A full list of toys under recall can be found on the company's Web-site Mattel.