Serious Injuries Lead To Polly Pocket Recall
About 4.4 million Polly Pocket dolls and accessories with magnets playsets have been recalled by Mattel Inc. Tiny magnets inside the dolls and accessories can fall out undetected by parents and caregivers. The magnets can be swallowed, aspirated by young children or placed by a child in their nose or ears.
Tiny magnets inside the dolls and accessories can fall out undetected by parents and caregivers. The magnets can be swallowed, aspirated by young children or placed by a child in their nose or ears. When more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforation, infection or blockage, which can be fatal. Aspiration to the lungs requires immediate surgery. Magnets placed in the nose or ears can cause swelling and be difficult to remove.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is aware of 170 reports of the small magnets coming out of these recalled toys. There were three reports of serious injuries to children who swallowed more than one magnet. All three suffered intestinal perforations that required surgery. A 2-year-old child was hospitalized for seven days and a 7-year-old child was hospitalized for 12 days. An 8-year-old child was also hospitalized.
The recalled Polly Pocket play sets contain plastic dolls and accessories that have small magnets. The magnets measure one-eighth inch in diameter and are imbedded in the hands and feet of some dolls, and in the plastic clothing, hairpieces and other accessories to help the pieces attach to the doll or to the doll's house.
The model number is printed on the bottom of the largest pieces on some of the play sets. Contact Mattel if you cannot find a model number on your product to determine if it is part of the recall. Polly Pocket magnetic play sets currently on store shelves are not included in this recall.
The model numbers involved in the recall are: B2632, B3158, B3201, B7118, G8605, H1537, H1538, and H3211
The playsets were sold at discount department stores and toy stores from May 2003 through September 2006 for between $15 and $30.
Consumers should immediately take these recalled toys away from children and contact Mattel to arrange for the return of the sets and to receive a voucher for a replacement toy of the customer's choice, up to the value of the returned product.
For additional information contact Mattel at 888-597-6597 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site.
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