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The world's largest toymaker, Mattel, has recalled more than 18 million Chinese-made products worldwide, amid more safety concerns.


The toy recall stemmed from fears over lead contamination and small magnets which have seriously injured at least three children.

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"Mattel is recalling 18.2 million magnetic toys globally, 9.5 million in the US," the California-based company said in a statement.

All the toys were manufactured in China, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Mattel.

"The recall expands upon Mattel's voluntary recall of eight toys in

November 2006 and is based on a thorough internal review of all Mattel's brands," the US toy manufacturer said.

Mattel recalled 4.4 million Polly Pocket play sets in November after receiving nearly 200 reports of magnets becoming dislodged.

Children hospitalised

Three children had to undergo surgery after swallowing more than one magnet that fell out of Polly Pocket toys, which perforated their intestines.

If swallowed, small magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforation, infection or blockage, which can be fatal.

"There had been three reports of serious injuries to children who swallowed more than one magnet," the CPSC and Mattel said in a joint statement issued on Tuesday, announcing that another 7.3 million Polly Pocket play sets were being recalled.

Since the previous recall, Mattel has received another 400 reports of magnets coming loose from Polly Pocket toys.

Nancy Nord, chairwoman of the safety board, stressed that her agency has been "warning of the dangers from small magnets for more than a year."

About one million Doggie Day Care sets, nearly 700,000 toys from the popular Barbie line, and 345,000 Batman and One Piece action figures have also been recalled following reports of dislodged magnets.

Mattel has received 26 reports of magnets dislodging from those toys, but no injuries were reported.

Lead contamination

Mattel is also recalling 436,000 die-cast "Sarge" jeeps from its Cars product line because of "impermissible levels of lead" in their paint.

More than 250,000 of the die-cast model car were recalled in the US and 183,000 overseas.

The toy cars were painted by a subcontracting company in China, which "violated Mattel's standards and utilised paint from a non-authorised third-party supplier," the California-based toy company said in a statement.

Officials at China's Ministry of Commerce and Foreign Ministry were unavailable for comment.

Mattel CEO Robert Eckert tried to reassure parents that their children were safe with Mattel toys.

"The safety of children is our primary concern, and we are deeply apologetic to everyone affected," Mr Eckert said.

"We don't want to have recalls, but we don't hesitate to take quick and effective action to correct issues," he added.

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