Mattel recalls millions of products

by Brian Mooar
NBC News

Mattel, one of the world's biggest and best known toymakers, has agreed to recall millions of its products that could pose dangers to children.

More than seven million playsets including Polly Pocket dolls and Batman action figures are being recalled because children can swallow the magnets they contain

The magnets can join together in the body and block a child's intestines.

A million and a half die-cast cars are also being called because of a lead paint hazard.

Mattel's CEO apologized, saying the company is taking action to make sure this doesn't happen in the future.

"No product is leaving any facility whether in China or other country unless every batch of that toy is tested," said Mattel's Bob Eckert.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission says no injuries have been reported, but the government and Mattel don't want to take chances.

"The is scope of these recalls is intentionally large to prevent any injuries from occurring," said the CPSC's acting chairperson Nancy Nord.

This is the second recall of Chinese toys in a month and comes on the heels of other big recalls of Chinese products from tires to toothpaste, to fish and pet food.

While this is a big recall, the CPSC says it affects only a tiny fraction of hundreds of millions of toys on market.