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aPARENTly Speaking: More toy recalls

By asoglin
Sunday, August 26th, 2007 at 2:21 pm in Toy Recalls.

recalled top Don’t know how to tell you this but… now they’ve recalled Curious George and SpongeBob too. Toy companies yanked another 340,000 Chinese-made sand pails, spinning tops and other toys off store shelves late last week, and once again it’s for lead paint. US legislators are holding hearings on the lead paint issue next month, but Jean Halloran, a product safety expert for Consumer Reports sums it up in an LA Times article: “You need to start from the point of view that to a large degree, you’re on your own. You are the one who has to protect yourself and your family.”

So this time around, you’re looking for Curious George and Thomas the Tank Engine tops and pails, and SpongeBob Squarepants address books and journals with painted spiral bindings. Sigh. You know the drill by now. Follow the links above to see photos of the recalled toys and get how-to-return details.

Meanwhile, we’re wondering… are these recalls going to change how you shop for kids’ toys? Do rag dolls and handmade toys hold new appeal?
-Jackie Burrell

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