Mattel Inc recalled an additional 38,000 Go Diego Go! toys on Thursday as part of a larger recall of 665,000 lead-contaminated children's products, the US' Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
The latest recall involved orange and yellow Go Diego Go! Animal Rescue Boats, manufactured in China and imported by Fisher-Price. According to Mattel there were 38,000 affected toys in the US, 12,000 in Britain and 5,500 in Canada, for a worldwide total of 55,500.
Surface paint on the boats contain excessive levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children. Regulations stipulate that children's products found to have more than 0.06 percent lead accessible to users are subject to a recall.
Consumer Product Safety Commission spokeswoman Julie Vallese said the recalls were due to the increased scrutiny promised in recent months.
The commission also announced recalls of 627,000 other Chinese-made toys from various manufacturers that are contaminated with lead. The other toys include football bobble head cake decorations, Halloween pails, Shrek the Third and Spider-Man 3 flashing rings, children's jewelry and toy gardening tools.
Vallese reminded parents that the effects of lead are cumulative and that the biggest risk to children remains lead paint in homes.
The commission also announced on Thursday that Bumbo International of South Africa recalled about 1 million Baby Sitter seats after 28 reports of babies falling out of the seats, including three skull fractures.
Babies are at risk for serious head injuries when the seats are placed on a table, countertop, chair or other raised surface and the infants arch their backs, possibly causing them to flip out of the seats and fall onto the floor. The commission advised consumers never to use the seat on a table or elevated surface.
The seats, manufactured in South Africa, were sold by Target, Wal-Mart, Sears, Toys "R" Us, Babies "R" Us, USA Baby and other toy and children's stores across the US and online from August 2003 through this month.
The baby seat is a single piece of molded foam and comes in yellow, blue, purple, pink, aqua and lime green. The seat has leg holes and a seat back that wraps completely around the baby. On the front of the seat is the word "Bumbo" with the image of an elephant.