First Pet Food, Then Toothpaste, Now Toys


The latest recall, announced last week, involves 1.5 million Thomas & Friends trains and rail components — about 4 percent of all those sold in the United States over the last two years by RC2 Corporation of Oak Brook, Ill. The toys were coated at a factory in China with lead paint, which can damage brain cells, especially in children.

Just in the last month, a ghoulish fake eyeball toy made in China was recalled after it was found to be filled with kerosene. Sets of toy drums and a toy bear were also recalled because of lead paint, and an infant wrist rattle was recalled because of a choking hazard.

Over all, the number of products made in China that are being recalled in the United States by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has doubled in the last five years, driving the total number of recalls in the country to 467 last year, an annual record.

It also means that China today is responsible for about 60 percent of all product recalls, compared with 36 percent in 2000.

Much of the rise in China’s ranking on the recall list has to do with its corresponding surge as the world’s toy chest: toys made in China make up 70 to 80 percent of the toys sold in the country, according to the Toy Industry Association.

As More Toys Are Recalled, Trail Ends in China

You can sign up on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s automated notification system at the commission’s Web site ( to stay on top of which toys are being recalled.

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2 Comments on “First Pet Food, Then Toothpaste, Now Toys”

  1. Janeen Says:

    What I think should be said instead of “more enforcement of standards” is:

    Combined with the recent scares in the United States of Chinese-made pet food, and globally of Chinese-made pharmaceuticals and toothpaste, the string of toy recalls is inspiring new demands for AMERICAN MADE GOODS TO FILL CONSUMER DEMAND.

    Wouldn’t that be much better?? 🙂

  2. Melanie Says:

    I think China has something else in mind, something that is bad for the United States. Who knows.