It's a three-year-old's dream to have hundreds of toys to play with. But now, it's a father's nightmare to sift through his son's cars, trains and trucks to see if any of them are on Mattel's massive toy recall list.
"We usually test it before we leave the store. If I can't take it off, he shouldn't be able to take it off, but after wear and tear, yeah I do get concerned," said Robert Morgan, a parent.
Tuesday morning, toy maker giant Mattel announced it's pulling millions of toys off the shelves for two reasons. Many of its toys have small magnets which can come loose and swallowed causing intestinal damage, while surfaces of other toys contain dangerous amounts of lead, a level that exceeds federal standards.
"I think with today's day and age people should know exactly what's being put out there and what is in the toys and the pieces if they're going to fall apart. I think they should know that before putting them out to sell especially to these young children," said Shelly Kernan, a parent.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says there are problems with more than 7 million Polly Pocket Play Sets, 683,000 Barbie and Tanner Play Sets and 253,000 Sarge Die Cast Toy Cars.
"I have more recalls than I have ever seen before," said Judy Braiman, a consumer advocate.
Judy Braiman is a former toy tester with the CPSC. She says Mattel's massive recall was no surprise. She expects more recalls to come.
"They get the labor cheap, they get the toy cheap and they make money and everything is the bottom line," said Braiman.
For now, parents like Morgan have a lot of homework to do.
"I just hope that they got to us a little bit sooner," said Morgan.
Earlier this month, Mattel recalled Fisher Price Toys made in China for the same concerns with lead paint. The CPSC says it will train Chinese manufacturers in the U.S. For now, Mattel is offering vouchers for returned toys.
Here's a link to Mattel's Recall List.