Mattell has announced it is recalling almost 1 million toys that could be contaminated with lead paint, good story in the Wall Street Journal on the recall.  See the original recall notice here.  The toys were manufactured between April 19, 2007 and July 6, 2007 , and include such popular characters as Dora the Explorer and Sesame Street (full list of all toys with pictures on the recall notice page).  83 different types of toys are involved in the recall including Rev & Go Cookie Monster, Dora the Chef, and Giggle Grabber Soccer Elmo.

The recalled toys were manufactured in China.  Yet another instance of Chinese manufacturers incorpoating dangerous materials into products meant for the US market.  This type of recall is becoming too routine.  An overhaul of the entire system for inspecting Chinese imports is in order.   

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