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WASHINGTON — Military exchange officials are once again warning customers to check their recent toy purchases after Mattel issued its third major recall in five weeks.

The company announced the recall of nearly 800,000 toys Tuesday because of lead paint contamination. About 675,000 of those are accessories for the company’s popular Barbie doll line.

Officials at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Naval Exchange Service Command said four of the accessory packages have been sold at their stores worldwide in recent weeks:

n the Barbie Kitchen set, item K8606;n the Barbie Bathroom set, item K8607;n the Barbie Living Room set, item K8608;n and the Barbie Bedroom set, item K8609.

In addition, the Naval exchanges also carried:

n the recalled Barbie Dream Puppy House, item J9485;n the Barbie Dream Kitty Condo, item J9486;n and the Geo Trax Locomotive Toys.

Officials from both exchanges said they removed all remaining merchandise being recalled from store shelves Tuesday. None of the nearly 9,000 Bongo Band brand toys under the latest recall were stocked in those stores.

At press time, Marine Corps exchange officials were still checking to see if any of the recalled toys were sold at their stores.

In all, the company has recalled more than 10 million toys since Aug. 1. A full list of toys sold by all three military exchange systems is available at legacy.stripes.com.

Parents who bought the toys can receive refunds or vouchers for new items through Mattel.

More information on that process is available at www.mattel.com/safety, and a listing of foreign country hot lines for the company is available at http://service.mattel.com/intl.asp. English-speaking operators are available at those call centers.


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