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9/27/07-East Texas

Another Major Recall Takes Toys Off Shelves

Another toy recall is leaving parents vulnerable Thursday, wondering what toys are safe for their children.  This recall targets both toys and children's necklaces.  It's imports from China that are exposing children to high levels of lead.  With so many recent recalls parents say they are overwhelmed.

With three small children Monica of Malakoff says, right now she's not buying anymore toys.

"It's costing me a lot," said Monica.  "It's costly, and I've pretty much stopped.  My sons they are into Thomas, and I've had to go through about four dozen toy boxes just to get rid of them all."  It's recall after recall that is forcing parents to reconsider making that next toy purchase, especially those made in China.  The latest recall took more than 600,000 toys off the shelves, including Thomas and Friends Trains, Guidecraft Floor Puppet Theatres, Happy Giddy Gardening Tools sold at Joann Stores and Sunny Patch Children's Chairs sold at Target.  Also recalled, more than 23,000 pieces of children's jewelry sold at places like T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Cracker Barrel.  All were made in China and all had high levels of lead.

"Makes you think, I don't want to buy anything that is made in China," said Washington D.C. consumer.  Also, what's wrong with the U.S. that they let this stuff being imported without checking it for years."  Some popular toys recalled in the past include the Barbie Accessory Set, Barbie and Tanner, Batman and One Piece, Doggie Day Care and Dora The Explorer. 

Another separate recall took place Thursday after a 10 month old boy died.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled more than 400,000 infant play yards made in China and sold by Kolcraft, after a child was strangled on a restraint strap.  Just one of several recalls that have parents right now just saying no to toys.

"My daughter is about to be five, and she's not getting toys for her birthday, and that is sad for her," said Monica. 

When asked about the lead paint issue, a spokesman for the Chinese Government said the problem is one in a thousand, but they're working to solve it.  Also, Thursday Congress is finishing up a two day hearing on child protection and toy safety with Mattel.  You may remember the toy company has recalled more than 25 million toys.  Mattel told Congress that some of the recalled toys contained nearly 200 times the legal amount of lead.  

To find out if any of the recent recalls involve toys in your home, go to our homepage and click on Know More on 7.  There you'll find the link CPSC Recalls.

Molly Reuter, Reporting.


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