Sears Canada Advised by Mattel, Inc. of Expanded Recall of Toys as a Result of Extensive Ongoing Investigation



    TORONTO, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - Sears Canada Inc. has been advised by Mattel,
Inc. of an expanded recall of toys as a result of Mattel's ongoing
investigation of its products manufactured by vendors in China. Sears Canada
carried only one of the nine items recalled in Canada, the GEOTRAX(TM) Rail &
Road System Freightway Transport(TM). Surface paints on the toy might contain
impermissible levels of lead which may be toxic if ingested by a young child.
    In the interest of consumer safety, Sears Canada advises customers who
own an affected product to immediately stop children from playing with it.
Mattel will assist customers in arranging the return of their affected toy and
will also mail to customers a voucher for a replacement toy of the customer's
choice, up to the value of the returned product.
    For additional information regarding this recall, including a full list
of affected products in Canada, customers are asked to contact Mattel at (888)
496-8330 for English, or (800) 916-4957 for French. Customers may also visit
the company's website at www.service.mattel.com/intl.asp.
    Sears Canada will be posting signs in all of its department stores to
advise customers of this safety recall. Sears Canada is bringing this matter
to the public's attention in the interest of consumer safety and regrets any
inconvenience that may be experienced by our customers.

    Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network of 196 corporate
stores, 179 dealer stores, 61 home improvement showrooms, over 1,800 catalogue
merchandise pick-up locations, 106 Sears Travel offices and a nationwide home
maintenance, repair, and installation network. The Company also publishes
Canada's most extensive general merchandise catalogue and offers shopping
online at www.sears.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Katarina Kristanic, Sears Corporate
Communications, (416) 941-4424, katarina.kristanic@sears.ca


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