Lead Paint on Fisher-Price Toys, Worldwide Recall

August 1, 2007 · Print This Article · Email This Post

Recalled Fisher-Price Toys Still on Shelves

If you bought your child Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, Big Bird, Elmo, Diego and some other Fisher-Price toys made between 19 April and 6 July 2007, take the toys away from your child, as the surface paint on the toys contains excessive levels of lead. Almost one million toys of 83 types are involved. Toxic if eaten by young children, lead paint can also cause other adverse health effects. Some of the toys were sold alone and others were sold as sets. Guess where the toys were manufactured? If you guessed China, you guessed right.


David Allmark, general manager of Fisher-Price, said Wednesday that the problem was detected internally and reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Children’s toys with more than 0.06 percent lead are subject to recall. No information about the percentage of lead actually on the toys was given. Allmark said the internal probe led to a “fast-tracked” recall such that two-thirds of the toys were recalled before hitting store shelves. Actually, Fisher-Price and the government wanted to withhold details from the public until Thursday, so that stores would have time to get the affected toys pulled and so that Fisher-Price would have time to set up a recall hot line. Instead, the news leaked out on Wednesday; we feel it’s important to publish the news on a timely basis, regardless of the inconvenience to stores or Fisher-Price.

In June, toy maker RC2 Corp. recalled 1.5 million railroad toys from its Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway product line. The story was the same: Paint on the train toys made between January 2005 and April 2006 contained lead. The Fisher-Price recall is considered especially alarming because Fisher-Price’s parent company, Mattel, has a reputation for strict quality control and has been considered a role model in the toy industry for the way it operates in China.

What we’d really like to know is, why did it take 15 months for the Thomas & Friends toys to be recalled and why did Fisher-Price allow its affected toys to reach store shelves? There’s only so much that a wise shopper can do; we feel the toy companies have an obligation to the public to test the toys in China or at company-owned stateside facilities to ensure that health and safety standards are met before the toys are made available to unsuspecting consumers.

Consumers can return the lead paint-tainted toys to stores and receive a replacement voucher. Or, call Fisher-Price at (800) 916-4498 or visit their website for more information.

Here’s the CPSC’s list of recalled Fisher-Price toys:

33662 Elmo Light Up Musical Pal
33663 Ernie Light Up Musical Pal
33664 Big Bird Light Up Musical Pal
34658 Elmo Stacking Rings
39038 Elmo Tub Sub
39054 Sesame Street Shape Sorter
87946 Elmo Keyboard
90267 Ernie Splashin’ Fun Trike
90609 Elmo Collectible
90611 Cookie Collectible
90612 Zoe Collectible
90613 Ernie Collectible
90614 Big Bird Collectible
90745 Construction Playset
93068 Elmo Boom Box
93107 Action Fire Engine
93307 Press N Go Elmo
93308 Rev & Go Cookie Monster
93492 Cookie Saxophone
93493 Elmo’s Guitar
93615 Splash Tub Puzzle
93780 Music And Lights Phone
B7554 Count To Beat Elmo
B7888 Shake, Giggle & Roll
B7987 Elmo in the Giggle Box
B7989 Silly Parts Talking Elmo
B9620 Dora’s Talking House
C6908 Dora, Backpack, Perrito Figure Pack
C6909 Diego Figure Pack
C6910 Swiper Figure Pack
C6911 Boots, Tico Figure Pack
G3825 Dora Talking Vamonos Van
G5112 Sing With Elmo’s Greatest Hits
G9717 Giggle Doodler
H2943 Grow with Me Elmo Sprinkler
H3343 Cousin Daisy
H3344 Birthday Dora
H5569 Elmo & Pals (Elmo, Cookie, Ernie)
H5570 Elmo & Pals (Elmo, Zoe, Big Bird)
H4187 Dora Figures in Tube
H4628 Water Fun Tote
H8236 Dora 3 Pack Figures in Tube
H8237 Blue 3 Pack Figures in Tube
H8238 Sponge Bob 3 Pack Figures in Tube
H9124 Chef Dora
H9125 Bedtime Dora
H9186 Giggle Grabber Ernie
H9188 Giggle Grabber Oscar the Grouch
J0338 Diego Talking Field Journal
J0343 Go Diego Go Antarctic Rescue
J0344 Go Diego Go Deep Sea Rescue
J0345 Go Diego Go Mountain Rescue
J0346 Go Diego Go Talking Rescue 4 X 4
J5935 Giggle Grabber Soccer Elmo
J5936 Giggle Grabber Chef Cookie Monster
J6537 Sesame Street Giggle Toolbelt
J6762 Queen Mami
J6763 Royal Boots and Tico
J6765 Prince Diego
J7983 Sesame Street Tub Pots & Pans
J9518 Sesame Street Giggle Drill
J9692 Dora’s Talking Pony Place
K0617 Twins Nursery
K3414 Diego – Talking Gadget Belt
K3571 Go Diego Go Mobile Rescue Unit
K3580 Fairytale Adventure Dora
K4139 Go Diego Go Dinosaur Rescue
K4140 Toucan Motorcycle Rescue
L0305 Dora Figure
L3194 Surprise Inside Diego Eggs
L3215 Sesame Street Elmo Jack-In-The-Box
L3488 Sesame Street Birthday Figure Pack
L3507 Sesame Street – Super Boom Box
L5202 Birthday Dora
L5813 Diego Tub Trike
L8905 Pablo & Pals
M0351 Dora Figures Dora & Kitty
M0352 Dora Figures Diego & Bear
M0524 Go Diego Go Talking Gadget
M0527 Sesame Street Giggle Doodler
M0732 Dora’s Talking House
M2051 Let’s Go Rescue Center
M2052 Fairytale Castle

Read about charming Chinese clothes which contain formaldehyde. Isn’t that special?

Photo credit: AP / Kevin Wolf

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2 Responses to “Lead Paint on Fisher-Price Toys, Worldwide Recall”

  1. TenguTech on August 3rd, 2007 6:56 am

    A range of toys have been recalled in Australia too. It is worrying to see the number of quality control problems recently. Has there been a recent drop in quality control in China? Or is it that we are only now detecting problems that have existed for while?
    Dora the lead paint explorer

  2. pajamadeen on August 26th, 2007 7:14 pm

    The best I’ve been able to tell in my research, Chinese quality control was nonexistent 10 years ago. So I think they are probably experiencing a learning curve, plus we are all more observant. Was reading about the poison blankets in Australia (have friends there) – eek! And the New Zealand kids’ clothing that had up to 900 times the allowed amount of lead paint. Horrible!