April 14, 2004


Mattel, Inc. Announces Recall of BATMAN™ BATMOBILE™ Toy Vehicle


Name of product: "BATMAN™ BATMOBILE™"

Units: 314,000

Manufacturer/Importer: Mattel Inc., of El Segundo, Calif.

Hazard: The rear tail wings of the Batmobile are made of rigid plastic and come to a point, which pose a potential puncture or laceration hazard to young children.

Description: The recalled "BATMAN™ BATMOBILE™" toy car is a 20-inch blue and gray plastic vehicle with a detachable motorcycle. Model number B4944 is written on the bottom of the toy vehicle.

Sold at: Mass merchants and toy stores nationwide from June 2003 through February 2004 for about $27.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Parents should take these toys away from children immediately and contact the firm for information on receiving free replacement wings. Mattel is providing free repair kits containing two replacement wings without pointed ends that snap onto the toy vehicle. The repair can be done quickly and easily at home; instructions will be provided.

Consumer Contact: Consumers can call Mattel at (888) 271-9891 anytime or visit http://www.service.mattel.com/us/recall.asp to determine if their toy is among the recalled models and to order the free replacement wings if needed.