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Mattel settles 22 class-action lawsuits

NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. toymaker Mattel and subsidiary Fisher-Price agreed to settle 22 lawsuits involving millions of toys recalled due to high lead content, attorneys said.

John Stoia Jr. of Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP said the settlement resolves class-action suits involving 2006-2007 recalls of toys imported from China.

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The relief will be presented in the form of refund checks, an agreement for the companies to comply with a new quality assurance program and a $275,000 donation to the National Association of Children's Hospitals. In addition, Mattel will reimburse out of pocket expenses for lead testing, the law firm said.

"Families deserve to trust that toys labeled as safe won't harm their kids," John Stoia Jr. said in a statement.

The 2006-2007 recalls involved more than 14 million toys, pulled from distribution due to high lead content or hazardous magnets.

In a statement, Mattel said, "safety of our products remains Mattel's top priority," The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

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