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Recent toy recalls have stricken fear into consumers, and rightfully so. Millions of toys have been recalled in recent months by toy giant Mattel and others. One of the most recent recalls includes Barbie and Tanner play sets. In mid-August Mattel issued a voluntary recall of these dangerous toys.

The toys contain small magnets that could pose significant health threats to children if ingested. About 683,000 of these toys were sold between May of 2006 and August of 2007, in toys stores and other retailers. The manufacturer remedied the problem starting in January by placing plastic pieces over the magnets thus preventing them from dislodging; however, back stock of toys may have been sold even into August.

While there have only been three incidents reported thus far the potential hazard is there and these toys should be immediately taken away from children and the manufacturer should be contacted for replacement.

For more information on this subject matter, please refer to the section on Defective and Dangerous Products.

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