The Island of Recalled Toys
By Paul Wagner
This is a brief, partial list of some of the most-recognized brands of toys recently found tainted with lead. It does not list all recalled or lead-tainted toys, and is meant only to serve as an introduction to the scope of lead-related recalls. Please see federal Centers for Disease Control and Consumer Product Safety Commission websites–listed at the end of the main article–for more complete listings of recalled toys and other children's' items.
Brief Glance, Recalls By Brand
Aqua Dots by Spin Master 4.2 million recalled; beads, made to fuse to create 3-D shapes when sprayed with water, contain chemical which converts to date-rape-type drug in the body; induces dizziness; cases of coma following ingestion. Do not purchase; if purchased, remove from child immediately.
Baby Einstein Color Blocks 35,000 recalled on Oct, 4, 2007; lead in surface paint.
Barbie Accessory Toys 675,000 recalled on Sept. 5, 2007; lead in surface paint.
'Big Red' Wagons 7,200 recalled on Nov. 7, 2007; lead in paint on wooden surfaces and handles.
Cub Scouts Totem Badges 1.6 million recalled on Oct. 9, 2007; lead on surface paints.
Curious George Plush Dolls by Marvel 175,000 recalled on Nov. 8, 2007; lead in face and hat paints.
Disney Deluxe Winnie-the-Pooh 23-Piece Play Sets 49,000 recalled Oct. 11, 2007; lead in surface paints.
Dollar General–distributed Children's Sunglasses 51,000 recalled on Nov. 8, 2007; lead in yellow surface paint.
Dollar General–distributed Super Wheels, Super Racers pull-release car toys 380,000 recalled on Nov. 7, 2007; lead in surface paint.
Dora the Explorer toys 967,000 recalled on Aug. 2, 2007; possible excessive lead in surface paint.
Duck Family Collectible Wind-Up Toy 3,500 recalled on Nov. 7, 2007; lead in surface paint.
Jeff Gordon Mini Helmet 2,500 recalled Oct. 11, 2007; lead in surface paints.
Kidnastics Balance Beams 2,400 recalled on Oct. 11, 2007; lead in surface paints.
Pirates of the Caribbean Medallion Squeeze Lights 79,000 recalled on Oct. 4, 2007; lead in surface paint on leather strap.
'Robot 2000' Collectible Tin Robot 2,600 recalled on Nov. 7, 2007; lead in surface paints.
Sesame Street toys 967,000 recalled on Aug. 2, 2007 (same recall as Dora the Explorer, above); lead in surface paints.
SpongeBob SquarePants Address Books and Journals 250,000 recalled on Aug. 22, 2007; lead in paint on spiral bindings.
Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Toys 1.7 million recalled on June 13 and Sept. 26, 2007; lead in surface paints.
Winnie-the-Pooh Spinning Top 69,600 recalled on Aug. 22 and Nov. 7, 2007; lead in surface paint on tops' handles.
Brief Summary, Other Recalls
Branded and Generic Children's Garden Tools Kits Nearly 500,000 kits and individual items (rakes, shovels) recalled; lead in paint on surfaces.
Generic Children's Jewelry Sets Nearly 200 million metallic jewelry items, including rings, necklaces, key chains, charm bracelets, spinning pendants, earrings and even religious ornaments (fish symbols), marketed primarily to young girls, recalled; lead in metal products and clasps.
Children's Ornately Painted Battle Toys Nearly 2 million generic and minor-brand "Elite," "Ultimate" and "Invincible" type small metal battle toys and sets recalled; lead in both paint and products themselves.
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