Illinois state investigators have done spot checks at stores around the state and found over 100 stores that still have recalled Thomas the Tank Engine toys on their shelves. The recalled toys contain lead paint and are a hazard to anyone that comes in contact with them.
On June 13, the CPSC announced the recall of the Thomas & Friends wooden railway toys. None of the company’s metal trains were included.
But when state investigators began purchasing packages of the Red James Engine & Red James’ #5 Coal Tender that listed the toys as metal, they found that the coal tender was made of wood and subject to the recall.
Investigators purchased about 20 of the toys, and they will be sent to an environmental testing laboratory. Results are expected by next week, Madigan’s office said.
The manufacturer of the toys RC2 Corp. has said they have received no complaints of a child falling ill after playing with the toy. The recalled toys were manufactured in China.
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