RC2 recalls more Thomas the Train toys

RC2 recalls more Thomas the Train toys

There are 13 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 26, 2007, titled RC2 recalls more Thomas the Train toys. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

RC2 Corp. said Wednesday it is recalling five Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway items due to levels of lead in surface paint that may exceed United States Consumer Product Safety Commission requirements.

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#1 Sep 26, 2007
This is getting ridiculous. Hopefully they apologize to China like mattel. I'm calling for a boycott of all these manufactures who use China.

Garden City, NY

#2 Sep 26, 2007
Do we know what items? Or do we have to wait for the offical release?

Skokie, IL

#3 Sep 26, 2007
Why on earth do companies have to apologize an entire *country*? The Chinese government is trying to make this out as a China vs. someone else sort of battle when it isn't the country but companies that operate in that country.

Clearly China has many unscrupulous manufacturers who use banned products and procedures (at all sorts of levels, it isn't clear where the leaded paint in many of these cases got into the final product and who cut the corners); it's perfectly fair for consumers to take a careful look at where the good they are purchasing are made and decide accordingly.

But apologizing to an entire *country*? What sort of political correctness run amuck is that?

It's clear that companies are "apologizing" to the ruling party of China, which due to the fact there is not a well established rule of law, holds the power to arbitrarily change the rules on anyone, at any time, for any reason, if it feels there is a threat to its power.

Arverne, NY

#4 Sep 26, 2007
The item, the special gift, that RC2 corp sent us for cooperating with the recall was one of the items recalled. I would not want to receive a "special gift," it may be special enough to make your children sick."

An appalled and aggravated mom!

Arverne, NY

#5 Sep 26, 2007
The item, the special gift, that RC2 corp sent us for cooperating with the recall was one of the items recalled. I would not want to receive a "special gift," it may be special enough to make your children sick."

An appalled and aggravated mom!

River Grove, IL

#6 Sep 26, 2007
Why doesn't the story tell us where the recalled items were made? Did RC2 not release that information because they didn't want to apologize to China like Mattel, and suffer the public backlash? The fact that the "special gift" item from the previous toy recall is itself part of the latest recall says volumes about RC2's product testing and quality control process as well.

New Bern, NC

#8 Sep 26, 2007
Something this serious, our children's health, brains, very life should NEVER have gone untested. I watched the CSpan hearings, ONE (1!) man to test all the toys in a small room! Its about priorities in funding...our children\grandchildren should not pay with their health and very lives for big business to rake in millions in profits. I will NOT buy anything from Mattel until they change.

New Bern, NC

#9 Sep 27, 2007
PS- They also said it is too late to stop tainted holiday toys as they are here and on the docks already. The only sure way is to buy toys made in USA or other parts of the world with strict regulations. I found wonderful wooden trains made in Germany. No more 'Made in China' for our family.
CNN's Sanja Gupta showed from China the polluted toxic waters they use to irrigate crops and Chemicals they use we banned long ago, so no more 'Foods Made in China' either.

Minor Hill, TN

#10 Sep 27, 2007
This is soooo ridiculous and it makes me angry!!!
Thanks to our government & businesses for shipping American jobs overseas.
This makes me really uneasy & discouraged when it comes to trying to find toys for my children for Christmas this year.
We should boycott all toy companies who manufacture toys in China. This probably will not leave very many, if any, toys available for consumers but maybe it would teach these companies a lesson.

United States

#11 Sep 27, 2007
This would be much more helpful if it listed the recalled toys.
Worried Parent

Post Falls, ID

#12 Sep 28, 2007
"Each consumer participating in the recall will receive a replacement at no charge for each recalled toy that is returned and a free gift, the company said."

Too bad one of the recalled items was the free gift from their June recall...

When are companies that import goods from China going to stand up and take the initiative to be more diligent. I hear too many people complaining about "Made in China", when really the problem is a lack of oversight of their vendors' products by companies sourcing items from China. The fact that it is made in China would be moot with the proper (and ethically correct) oversight.

Memphis, TN

#13 Sep 28, 2007
Why the hell can't they get these toys right?
Our KIDS health is at risk and what are they doing?
Recall some MORE trains!
Suppose they don't catch the next batch and someone gets badly hurt?!?!
I have twin 3 year olds where thomas is their life!
thats all they play with and they take them everywhere.
I think companys need to start checking their products BEFORE giving them to children!!!!

River Grove, IL

#14 Sep 28, 2007
Can we compare some relatively recent history? My generation can still remember when "made in Japan" was synonymous with "cheap junk". Stung by criticism, Japanese manufacturers raised the quality of their products to the point that, in many areas, their products (especially cars, motorcycles and electronics) set standards for quality, reliability and value. What I DON'T remember, though, is Japanese trade ministers demanding an apology for the criticism of their early products. China needs to follow Japan's lead, and raise the quality - and particularly safety - of their products before the rest of the world stops regarding "made in China" as a warning label.

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