Note: This recall has been reannounced and a settlement agreement provisionally accepted.
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2007
Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 725-4407
RC2 Corp. Recalls Various Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Toys Due to Lead Poisoning Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Products: Various Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Toys
Units: About 1.5 million
Importer/Distributor: RC2 Corp., of Oak Brook, Ill.
Hazard: Surface paints on the recalled products contain lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
Description: The recall involves wooden vehicles, buildings and other train set components for young children listed in the chart below. The front of the packaging has the logo "Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway" on the upper left-hand corner. A manufacturing code may be located on the bottom of the product or inside the battery cover. Toys marked with codes containing "WJ" or "AZ" are not included in this recall.
|Recalled Product Name|
|Red James Engine & Red James' # 5 Coal Tender|
|Red Lights & Sounds James Engine & Red James' #5 Lights & Sounds Coal Tender|
|James with Team Colors Engine & James with Team Colors #5 Coal Tender|
|Red Skarloey Engine|
|Brown & Yellow Old Slow Coach|
|Red Hook & Ladder Truck & Red Water Tanker Truck|
|Red Musical Caboose|
|Red Sodor Line Caboose|
|Red Coal Car labeled "2006 Day Out With Thomas" on the Side|
|Red Baggage Car|
|Red Holiday Caboose|
|Red "Sodor Mail" Car|
|Red Fire Brigade Truck|
|Red Fire Brigade Train|
|Deluxe Sodor Fire Station|
|Red Coal Car|
|Yellow Box Car|
|Red Stop Sign|
|Yellow Railroad Crossing Sign|
|Yellow "Sodor Cargo Company" Cargo Piece|
|Ice Cream Factory|
Sold at: Toy stores and various retailers nationwide from January 2005 through June 2007 for between $10 and $70.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should take the recalled toys away from young children immediately and contact RC2 Corp. for a replacement toy.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact RC2 Corp. toll-free at (866) 725-4407 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. CT Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at recalls.rc2.com
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