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McDonald's Recalls Bobblehead Dolls

Sep 17, 2002 | AP

McDonald's Corp. is recalling about 100,000 bobblehead dolls sold in Illinois and Indiana restaurants because paint on some dolls could cause lead poisoning in children if ingested over time.

McDonald's has received no reports of injuries or incidents involving the dolls, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday.

"Although the product wasn't marketed for children, they are cute figurines and children may want to handle them," commission spokeswoman Kim Dulic said.

The recalled dolls bear the likeness of Chicago Bears football players Brian Urlacher and Anthony Thomas. They were sold at McDonald's restaurants in the greater Chicago area, Rockford, Illinois, central Illinois and northwestern Indiana in a promotion that ran from Aug. 19 to Sept. 12.

The restaurant chain plans to terminate its contract with doll supplier Bobble Dreams USA, of Fountain Valley, Calif., which is participating in the recall, said McDonald's spokesman William Whitman.

"Some of these (dolls) were shipped prematurely before McDonald's had a chance to review the lead test results," Whitman said.

Scott Luke, a spokesman for Bobble Dreams, said about one-third of the order for 350,000 dolls was shipped to McDonald's after initial test results showed acceptably low levels of lead in the paint. Later testing revealed excessive levels, he said.

The dolls were manufactured by a subcontractor in China, and Bobble Dreams is investigating how the paint was contaminated, Luke said.

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