Sears Canada Advised by Mattel, Inc. of Expanded Recall of Toys



    One product recalled for impermissible levels of lead, and Polly Pocket
    magnet recall expanded

    TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - Sears Canada Inc. has been advised by Mattel,
Inc. of an expanded recall of toys. Mattel, Inc. has identified a potential
safety hazard relating to a toy from the "CARS" die-cast vehicle line ("Sarge"
character), sold between May 2007 and August 2007. Surface paints on the
"Sarge" toy might contain impermissible levels of lead which may be toxic if
ingested by a young child. This recall expands upon Mattel's toy recall of
select Fisher-Price(R) toys on August 2, 2007.
    Mattel, Inc. has also announced the voluntary recall of the following
magnetic toys: Polly Pocket!(TM) dolls, playsets and accessories, Barbie and
Tanner(TM) magnetic toys, Batman(TM) and One Piece(TM) magnetic action figure
sets and Doggie Day Care(TM) magnetic toys. It has been discovered that small,
powerful magnets inside these toys can fall out and could be harmful to
children if swallowed or aspirated. The affected toys were manufactured
between 2002 and January 31, 2007. This recall expands upon Mattel's voluntary
recall of toys in November 2006.
    A full list of products is published on Mattel's website at
www.mattel.com and Sears Canada urges customers to visit the firm's website to
determine if they own any of the affected toys.
    In the interest of consumer safety, Sears Canada advises customers who
own an affected product to immediately stop children from playing with them.
Customers who own a "Sarge" character toy are asked to contact Mattel at
1-800-916-4997 anytime, or visit the firm's website at www.service.mattel.com.
Customers who own any of the magnetic toys are asked to contact Mattel at
1-888-597-6597 or visit the firm's website at www.service.mattel.com. 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.
    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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