Another recall for Mattel Australia

Mattel Australia is recalling more than 460,000 toys across 31 varieties, including Batman and Barbie accessories, this is the second recall since last week.

More than 22 million toys made in China are being recalled internationally due to safety concerns over lead levels in paint on the toys and loose magnets.

On August 2, 24 different toys including Sesame Street and Dora the Explorer items were recalled in Australia because of paint suspected of containing unsafe levels of lead.

Mattel Australia today added a die-cast vehicle in the CARS assortment line to the list of toys which may contain unsafe lead levels. The toy is a green army vehicle known as Sarge. The affected product is marked on the bottom with 7EA, and was sold at major toy retailers, supermarkets and toy retailers throughout Australia. Sarge Cars have the model numbers H6414, M1253 or L6294 on their packaging, Mattel said.

A further 30 toys have also been recalled in Australia today, as they may release small, powerful magnets. Included in the list of recalled magnetic toys is a range of Polly Pocket toys, a Batman figurine and a Barbie accessory. The affected toys were sold between January 2002 and January 31, 2007. If swallowed, the magnets could attract each other and cause intestinal perforation, infection or blockage, which can be fatal.

The recalled toys should be returned directly to Mattel, with retailers unable to refund the products.

Australian consumers are urged to call Mattel on 1800-674-753 between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday, or visit their website.

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