I remember vividly the day James got recalled. My oldest son was so upset. For the next two weeks, he kept bringing me choo choos and asking if they were recalled too. Personally, I think it's great the company was prosecuted for this. The problem is that we as parents still can't be sure the toys we are giving our kids don't contain lead. A lot of the companies who sell kid's toys do their own testing. It is up to them to spend the money to make sure the toys are safe. They may get recalled later if they do contain lead, but they will always be on store shelved for a time period until they get caught.
FROM ABC: The maker of the popular Thomas & Friends children's toys has agreed to pay AT LEAST $1.25 million settlement for importing and selling toys that contained lead levels above legal limits. The Consumer Product Safety Commission had charged RC2 Corp. of Illinois and subsidiary Learning Curb Brands Inc., knowingly imported and sold Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway toys that had "paints or other surface coatings" containing lead levels above .06 percent by weight from China. The company denies it intentionally violated federal law.
UPDATED: FROM USA TODAY: The maker of Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway toys has agreed to a $30 million class-action settlement stemming from last year’s recalls, the first in what’s expected to be a wave of settlements related to millions of toys recalled because of lead paint.
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