Chinese toy manufacturers are voluntarily recalling some popular children's toys.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of several popular toys. 250,000 SpongeBob SquarePants journals and address books, among other toys, may contain excessive levels of lead paint on the metal bindings. The wooden handles on some Thomas And Friends and Curious George tin pails could also contain lead paint, as well as spinning tops and thousands of pieces of jewelry such as Divine Inspiration charm bracelets and Toby and Me sets.
The recalls have begun to increase in frequency as some Chinese toy manufacturers are failing meet federal safety standards. According to the Toy Industry Association, of the more than 22 billion dollars in toys sold in the US last year, 80 percent came from China. These toys are not necessarily new to the market. In fact, some of these products have been on store shelves and in homes for several years.