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Half a Million More Toys Recalled

Thomas the Train, Toy Gardening Tools Among the Latest Toys Recalled Because of Lead Paint

Medically Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD on September 26, 2007
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Sept. 26, 2007 -- Time to check the kids' toy box again. More than half a million additional toys today were recalled due to lead paint.

Lead poisoning can permanently harm children, but it typically doesn't happen overnight. No injuries have been reported in the latest round of toy recalls, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

As with the many other toy recalls issued this year, the CPSC advises people to take the recalled toys away from children immediately.

The latest list of recalled toys (all of which were imported from China) includes:

  • About 350,000 children's toy gardening tools and chairs sold at Target stores nationwide from August 2006 through August 2007 for between $3 and $10. The recall includes the Happy Giddy Gardening Tools and the Sunny Patch Children's Chairs. Return the toys to Target for a full refund.
  • About 200,000 Thomas & Friends wooden trains. The recall involves five toys from the Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway product line: the all-black cargo car included only in the Brendam Fishing Dock set, the toad vehicle, the olive-green Sodor cargo box included only in the Deluxe Cranky the Crane Set, and all-green maple tree top and green signal base accessories. For more information, call RC2 at (866) 725-4407 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central time Monday through Friday or visit the firm's web site at https://recalls.rc2.com.
  • About 16,000 toy rakes sold exclusively at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores nationwide from January 2007 through September 2007. The recalled children's rake has a green handle attached to a yellow, duck-shaped head and seven purple tines. "Robbie Ducky Garden Collection Rake" is printed on a tag attached to the handle of the 24-inch rake. Return the rakes to Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts for a full refund.
  • About 10,000 Children's Puppet Theaters from Guidecraft Inc. of Englewood, N.J., sold for about $90 at specialty toy stores, gift shops, catalogs, and web sites nationwide from June 2006 through August 2007. For more information, call Guidecraft at (888) 824-1308 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the firm's web site at www.guidecraft.com.
  • About 800 "Knights of the Sword" toys from RC2 Corp. The three recalled products are silver knights mounted on red horses and were sold at specialty toy stores nationwide from April 2004 through March 2006 for about $8. For more information, call RC2 at (866) 725-4407 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s web site at https://recalls.rc2.com.

Toy Jewelry Recall

Several children's jewelry items made in China were also recalled today due to lead. Those recalls included:

  • About 23,500 TOBY & ME jewelry sets from TOBY N.Y.C. of New York. The recall includes various jewelry sets sold in a pink gift box with "TOBY & ME" printed on the front and "TOBY & ME tags attached to the packaging. The products were sold at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, A.J. Wright, Cracker Barrel, and Shopko stores nationwide from August 2006 through August 2007 for between $8 and $15. For more information, call TOBY N.Y.C. at 866-235-0588 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday or email the firm at [email protected]
  • About 850 Children's Spinning Wheel-Metal Necklaces from Rhode Island Novelty of Cumberland, R.I., and sold from November 2006 through May 2007 for about $2. The necklace has a 30-inch chain and a spinning metal pendant. For more information, call Rhode Island Novelty at (800) 528-5599 between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday or visit the firm's web site at www.rinovelty.com.

If the recall of Thomas & Friends trains and TOBY & ME jewelry sets sound familiar, they should. Those recalls expand recalls issued earlier this year.

On June 13, toy importer RC2 Corp of Oak Brook, Ill., (which issued today's Thomas & Friends recall) recalled 1.5 million other Thomas & Friends railway toys because of lead paint. And on Aug. 22, about 14,000 TOBY & ME jewelry sets were recalled.

Swing Set Recall

Yesterday, about 670 swing sets made in the U.S. by BCI Burke Company of Fond du Lac, Wis., were recalled because of a fall hazard. The firm has received four reports of the swing set beam breaking and one report of a child bruised from falling from the swing.

For more information on the swing set recall, call Burke's customer service at (800) 356-2070 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central time Monday through Friday or visit the firm's web site at www.bciburke.com.

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