In the second toy recall in a month more than 9 million Mattel toys are being recalled because of lead-based paint and magnets that may dislodge.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) along with Mattel has recalled more than 18 million toys worldwide, including 9.5 million toys in the U.S.
To date no injuries have been reported but the small, powerful magnets in many of the toys are at risk of coming loose and could be swallowed by small children.
If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforation or blockage, which can be fatal.
The recalled toys include 7.3 million Polly Pocket play sets, about 253,000 Sarge die-cast toy cars, about 683,000 Barbie and Tanner play sets, about 340,000 Batman and One Piece magnetic action figure sets, and about a million Doggie Day Care play sets.
The Sarge die-cast car is being recalled because surface paints on the toy possibly contain excess levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause serious health problems; the cars have "7EA" and "China" on the bottom.
Barbie and Tanner play sets have the model numbers J9472 and J9560; those made after Jan. 31, 2007, are not included in the recall.
The various Polly Pocket dolls and accessories with magnets which have been recalled is an expansion of the Polly Pocket recall issued in November 2006 again because the magnets may come loose from the toys.
Batman and One Piece magnetic action figure sets have magnets that may fall out of the toys, and were sold nationwide from June 2006 through June 2007 for around $11.
Doggie Day Care play sets also have magnets that may fall out of the toys; they were sold nationwide from July 2004 to August 2007 for between $4 and $20.