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Chinese toys may contain lead that can damage brain

Chinese made toys in US are found to contain dangerous substances like lead.

June 25, 2007

Some of the highly popular made-in-China toys are recalled in the US causing alarm among parents and consumer groups.

Twenty four kinds of toys manufactured China have been recalled so far as they are found to be containing hazardous substances like lead coating which can cause severe damage to kids’ brain.

According to reports, the recall involves 1.5 million widely popular Thomas & Friends trains and rail components ( about 4 percent of all those sold in the United States over the last two years by RC2 Corp, Oak Brook, Ill).

Toys made in China make up 70 to 80 percent of the toys sold in the country, as per the estimates of Toy Industry Association which represents most American toy companies and importers.

Low-price, no-brand-name toys that are often sold at dollar stores and other deep discounters are the worst culprits. They are manufactured and sent to the United States often without the involvement of major American toy importers.

Toy trains are made China directly overseen by RC2 at plants it oversees. One of the RC2 factories in Dongguan, China, produces metal toys as well as the wooden toys listed in the Thomas recall.

It is not clear who operates the factories making the Thomas & Friends trains in Dongguan. The zone is run by a group of Chinese or Hong Kong suppliers. It also houses an office building that bears the RC2 corporate logo.

Other major toy industry companies hit by recalls for products made in China this year include Easy-Bake Ovens, made by Hasbro, which could trap children’s fingers in the oven and burn them, and Target stores, which the consumer product commission said was importing and selling Anima Bamboo collection games, some of which were coated with lead paint.




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