The decision went into effect Aug 17th, although the government only made its ruling public on Tuesday.
“The goal is to halt defective toys in the company's worldwide recall list from entering Brazil,” the Trade and Development ministry said in a statement.
The suspension will be lifted only after the Brazilian body that oversees consumer product safety, Inmetro, deems the Mattel products safe, the ministry said. No timetable for lifting the restriction was given.
Alejandro Rivas, the president of Mattel Brasil, criticised the government's action and said it could have a devastating effect on the company's sales in the country.
There have been no reported cases of any accident involving a consumer of the products in Brazil.