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Toys R Us Recall - Yet another China Lead Recall

post #1 of 18
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Here is the link to today's recall: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07299.html

Here is a link to a list of all the recalls that I have compiled:
China Lead & Magnet Recalls
post #2 of 18
Thanks so so much for compiling this list. It's been infuriating to read news articles that don't include specific descriptions of the recalled items.

Off to toss all dd's jewelry.
post #3 of 18
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post #4 of 18
Thanks!

A.
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post #6 of 18
So far, we don't have any toys specifically on the recall list, but now I suspect the rest. (How do I know that my fisher price toys that are several years old are okay?) I bought a lead test kit.

Is there a proper way to dispose of any contaminated items?
post #7 of 18
In my obsession over this lately...I've discovered that all power strips, surge protectors and extension cords have lead in them...enough so that there are warnings on the packaging. Does anyone have any links to sites that might sell lead free ones?

I had Liam's lead tested last week and thankfully none was detected. He has had some in previous tests, so I was worried.

We didnt have any of the actual model numbers for the toys recalled, but with had some of the same toys with different numbers, so I bought a kit and tested them anyways. I'm being super paranoid after reading a story in a magazine about a 4 year old that died. I seriously was naive enough to think a 4 year old wouldnt go around licking toys, but I know better now. I've been obsessive about Liam keeping EVERYTHING out of his mouth now.
post #8 of 18
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Good luck. Getting lead out of electronics is in its infancy right now. There has been a ban passed in Europe so that is driving companies to research new technologies for replacing the standard lead-tin solder but I wouldn't expect to find anything great out yet. The ban only occured a year ago (July 06) so there is still a lot of research to be done. There are some new technologies out there but the problem is that there obviously hasn't been enough time to determine if their new methods pose any health hazards that are unknown to us at this time.

Basically, at this point, reduce your electronics where you can and what electronics you do have need to stay out of your child's mouth. It is also very dangerous to let children play with Christmas lights, etc.

Lead isn't dangerous when it is inside the equipment, per se (or so they say) but if the device is taken apart or when it is placed into landfills is when problems occur. I also don't see it as a good idea to let children suck on cell phones or remotes, etc.

Here is a good link:
http://www.ehponline.org/members/200...novations.html


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Originally Posted by liamsmommy221 View Post
In my obsession over this lately...I've discovered that all power strips, surge protectors and extension cords have lead in them...enough so that there are warnings on the packaging. Does anyone have any links to sites that might sell lead free ones?

I had Liam's lead tested last week and thankfully none was detected. He has had some in previous tests, so I was worried.

We didnt have any of the actual model numbers for the toys recalled, but with had some of the same toys with different numbers, so I bought a kit and tested them anyways. I'm being super paranoid after reading a story in a magazine about a 4 year old that died. I seriously was naive enough to think a 4 year old wouldnt go around licking toys, but I know better now. I've been obsessive about Liam keeping EVERYTHING out of his mouth now.
post #9 of 18
[QUOTE=liamsmommy221;9043430]

We didnt have any of the actual model numbers for the toys recalled, but with had some of the same toys with different numbers, so I bought a kit and tested them anyways. I'm being super paranoid after reading a story in a magazine about a 4 yearQUOTE]

Were those toys okay? That's our situation as well. I have two older kids and thought we were out of the woods lead wise, but now I have a baby and am trying to determine what to keep for her and where we need to start over. KWIM?
post #10 of 18
Thanks for the info. I think we all need to boycott toys being made in China now and especially at Christmas to get the point across to toy manufacturers. We obviously can't trust that that the toys are being tested before being put on the shelves. I only found a few toys from the list in our toy box but the dates didn't match up. I tossed them anyway.
post #11 of 18

So what do you do with the icky toys?

So with all these recalls on toys lately I'm so fed up I'd just like to throw all of them away. So what would you "natural" mamas do if you had toys that were recalled or will probably get recalled any moment now because they all came from China? Would you throw them in the garbage? Burn them? Donate them to a thrift store so some other unsuspecting child could be harmed from them?? I don't know what would be the best choice to make for other children's safety and/or the environment. I honestly don't have time to look up each toy to see if it's been recalled. Kids have way too many toys. I've been trying to declutter before all these recalls happened. And I have lots of boxes of toys to get rid of, but now I'm starting to wonder if donating them is a bad idea.

Any thoughts?? I think I wouldn't mind for the house to burn down so I could start over with getting nice, American Made "natural", unplastic, non lead-based paint toys.

Sara
post #12 of 18
None of those toys that we had tested positive using the at home kit. I do still worry though that those kits could be wrong. I really try to not be super paranoid about it! I keep praying that Fisher-Price wont recall any of the Geotrax. I dont know what we would do! [


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Originally Posted by liamsmommy221 View Post

We didnt have any of the actual model numbers for the toys recalled, but with had some of the same toys with different numbers, so I bought a kit and tested them anyways. I'm being super paranoid after reading a story in a magazine about a 4 yearQUOTE]

Were those toys okay? That's our situation as well. I have two older kids and thought we were out of the woods lead wise, but now I have a baby and am trying to determine what to keep for her and where we need to start over. KWIM?
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by Saramomofmany View Post
So with all these recalls on toys lately I'm so fed up I'd just like to throw all of them away. So what would you "natural" mamas do if you had toys that were recalled or will probably get recalled any moment now because they all came from China? Would you throw them in the garbage? Burn them? Donate them to a thrift store so some other unsuspecting child could be harmed from them?? I don't know what would be the best choice to make for other children's safety and/or the environment. I honestly don't have time to look up each toy to see if it's been recalled. Kids have way too many toys. I've been trying to declutter before all these recalls happened. And I have lots of boxes of toys to get rid of, but now I'm starting to wonder if donating them is a bad idea.

Any thoughts?? I think I wouldn't mind for the house to burn down so I could start over with getting nice, American Made "natural", unplastic, non lead-based paint toys.

Sara
You bring them back to any store that sells them and get store credit (or your money back if you happen to have the receipt). The store ships them back to the company, who then destroys them.
post #14 of 18
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Donate them to a thrift store so some other unsuspecting child could be harmed from them??

Sara
I was shocked last weekend. We went to Once Upon a Child, and there were several of the recalled toys in the toy section. The stickers on them looked new, so I'm assuming that's what others did. I've been meaning to call this week (the store was sooo busy) to let someone know.

DH and I just discussed this. We picked up a lead testing kit, but we're thinking of getting rid of many of the plastic toys and getting only natural from here on out. Hot Wheels (and variations) will be the toughest. DS loves them, but most of them are made in China.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by jen&james View Post
Thanks for the info. I think we all need to boycott toys being made in China now and especially at Christmas to get the point across to toy manufacturers. We obviously can't trust that that the toys are being tested before being put on the shelves. I only found a few toys from the list in our toy box but the dates didn't match up. I tossed them anyway.
Totally agree 100%. No one should buy 1 Made in China (or any third world country for that matter) this Christmas. Until we speak up, loudly, this will continue to be a problem. We want tons of cheap stuff, and that means companies have to find cheap places to make them, and cut corners like crazy.

I am only buying toys made in USA, Canada, and Germany for now. And to answer a previous posters question about Made in China toys that are not on the recall list; I tossed 99% of them. They are not YET on any recall list, so who really knows if they are safe. Especially no-name brand toys. I dumped most of them in the trash and a few of the nicer namebrand ones (FP garage and such) I put by the trash, taker beware.

My ds's room looks so much nicer now! I kept all stuffed animals (even MIC ones) but washed them. And I bought some nice new wooden safe toys for the kids to play with. I would rather have 1 $30 toy than 6 $5 toys!
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by BrandiRhoades View Post
I was shocked last weekend. We went to Once Upon a Child, and there were several of the recalled toys in the toy section. The stickers on them looked new, so I'm assuming that's what others did. I've been meaning to call this week (the store was sooo busy) to let someone know.

DH and I just discussed this. We picked up a lead testing kit, but we're thinking of getting rid of many of the plastic toys and getting only natural from here on out. Hot Wheels (and variations) will be the toughest. DS loves them, but most of them are made in China.
That is AWFUL! I can't believe a consignment shop wouldn't be checking for those. They can he held liable for that.

Definitely don't donate or sell anything that has been recalled.
post #17 of 18
We purged a couple of weeks ago. We had a huge wicker "trunk" filled to overflowing. Now DD has 4 toys. No kidding. She has a bear my mother sewed for her, a knit kitty from Peru, and 2 Melissa & Doug toys I just can't decide about. We did not have any toys on the recall list, so we gave them to the Salvation Army who were happy to receive them. I felt sad and determined. And now I'm glad it's over. Now, on to slowly replenishing DD's toys.

What do you all think of Melissa & Doug?
post #18 of 18
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What do you all think of Melissa & Doug?
While I'm sure Melissa & Doug take great care in insuring their products are safe (I've seen their response to the China recall situation) at this time I don't feel comfortable supporting the purchase of toys made in China for my family right now. We may grandfather a few toys in but I will no longer be purchasing items from them unless they change where they manufacture toys. It is too bad. I was planning on buying all of my dd's Christmas and Birthday gifts from them this year.
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