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Why can't toy manufacturers lay off the lead paint?!


Momlogic's Momstrosity: If you don't know by now that in 2008, millions of toys were recalled for lead paint contamination, you're probably spoon-feeding your baby asbestos-flavored baby food. (WARNING: That's not safe!)

Well, guess what? It's happening again.

You'd think this holiday season could be lead-free. That's as likely as finding a non-toxic Dora the Explorer Activity Tote -- good luck; at least the ones sold at T.J. Maxx in California have illegal levels of lead.

Yes, today these children's products containing dangerous levels of lead are being pulled from the shelves:

  • Dora the Explorer Activity Tote
  • MSY Faded Glory Rebecca Shoes
  • Paula Fuschia Open-Toed Shoes
  • Reversible Croco Belt
  • Barbie Bike Flair Accessory Kit
  • Kids Poncho
  • Disney Fairies Silvermist's Water Lilly Necklace

Each week, I daresay we'll be hearing about more and more tainted toys as the manufacturers gear up for the shopping frenzy.

As parents, we really only have two choices when it comes to dealing with the latest tainted toy epidemic (unless we want to buy all of our kid stuff in wood -- wooden backpacks I hear will be all the rage this year!).

You can:

A) Become a chemist and calculate the molecular breakdown of every toy that your child touches.
B) Avoid all toys made in China.

I don't know about you, but I got too much sh*t to do -- I don't have time to get a chemistry degree, so "A" is out. As for ditching all toys made in China, that would leave precious few toy choices, and with the holidays right around the corner, that's a big problem.

I guess until toy companies can guarantee their products are lead-free, there are still a couple truly 100% safe non-toxic gift alternatives like, maybe, sterilized medical sponges? (In fun colors like flesh and classic white!)

Why aren't Mattel and other toy companies testing their toys? Do the CEOs have brain damage from lead poisoning? 

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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
Juanita November 18, 2009, 7:03 PM

No- they know that it will be hard for anyone to sue them. They will hire the most expensive lawyers and say that it has to come from other reasons or other toys. How can lead poisoning or affects of being around lead be traced back to one single toy?

Or they will argue that the original formula called for lead free but that it was the Chinese factories that skipped corners. And it’s true.

Laura November 19, 2009, 5:35 AM

For a lot of companies, they are ‘dumping’ what products they have left prior to the February 2010 mandatory date cut off. Like most consumers, it’s a pain in the bum to try to find what has/hasn’t been tested and most people assume that everything has. Also who is going to hurt the most is the little stores, that can’t afford to send items back or lose customers over not providing safe products.

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