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A really useful recall

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Originally published June 13, 2007, thehive.modbee.com

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled 1.5 million Thomas & Friends toys, imported and distributed by the RC2 Corporation, because paint on the toys contains lead that can be toxic if ingested. No injuries have been reported.

The recall includes wooden vehicles, buildings and other train set parts sold from January 2005 through June 2007.

More information is available at the Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site and the RC2 Corp site, which includes pictures of the recalled models.

Well, bust my buffers, I’m sure glad I haven’t gone birthday shopping for Little Guy yet, because some of this certainly would have been on the list. I notice, though, that there are no actual Thomases involved. It’s primarily James, with a Skarloey and miscellaneous fire equipment thrown in. Makes me wonder if Thomas is being cheeky again and sabotaging his friends.

Old Slow Coach — don’t you love that name? I know how she feels on some days — also is thrown in, as well as some Island of Sodor hot spots.

The serious question, though: Why do I keep seeing recalls for lead hazards? Didn’t we settle this decades ago? Lead paint = bad!

And 1.5 MILLION is a heck of a lot of toys. How many of those are in day cares, where they’re handled by many children a day?

Copyright 2007 Debra Legg. All rights reserved.

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