June 25, 2007

trains with lead

You may have already heard about the Thomas train recall, but I thought it worth mentioning here since I often post about toxic kids products.

Seems some of the pieces from the Thomas & Friends™ Wooden Railway Toys have lead paint on them, which is very dangerous to children.

You can read about the specific parts affected and how to identify them on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's website.

If you have any of these pieces they ask you to take the recalled toys away from young children immediately and contact RC2 Corp for a replacement toy. For additional information, contact RC2 Corp toll-free at (866) 725-4407 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. CT Friday, or visit the firm’s website at recalls.rc2.com

Since originally posting this entry, I have found a wonderful, relevant article about the recall by Michael Watkins of Harvard Business Online. He is a parent who owns some of the recalled products and writes about the consumer outrage regarding the recall as well as how the companies failed to keep the product safe.

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