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TOY RECALLS: The Neverending Story

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, December 19th, 2007 at 2:23 pm in Toy Recalls.

Recalled toyOne would think that everything that could be recalled had been. But no. The Consumer Product Safety Commission folks recalled yet another batch of toys today — lead-laced wooden alphabet blocks, wooden toys and military vehicles made by Soldier Bear of Hong Kong. A few days ago, it was lion-shaped infant teething toys — the lion noses pose a choking hazard because they break off when bitten, which, um, is what you do with a teething toy. And did we mention the 300,000 baby bead and wire toys and speed racer cars? Yeah, recalled for lead. And cheapo fishing games, the kind you buy at the grocery store. Ditto. And horseshoe magnets. Also leaded.

It’s enough to make any holiday shopper tear his or her hair out. not only sympathizes, they’re trying to help. Whip out your cell phone and text them the name of a toy — type in “healthy toys” and the name of the toy and zap it to 41411 — and they’ll respond with a message about its relative toxicity. (The service is only as good as its database, of course, in this case a pool of 1,200 toys, so our first two attempts – we asked for chemical levels on Curious George and Soldier Bear toys – resulted in zilch, but we finally hit pay dirt on “Healthy toys Polly Pocket” … which has low chemical levels, in case you were wondering.)

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