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According to the Assoiciated Press, a massive toy recall could have millions of parents taking their children’s favorite toys away. On Wednesday, RC2 Corp. recalled about 1.5 million Thomas the Tank Engine wooden railway toys in Canada and the United States, due to concerns that the paint used on them may contain lead. Thomas the Tank Engine is a wildly popular toy among young children, especially boys. The toy recall includes wooden vehicles, buildings and other train set parts imported and distributed by RC2 Corp. The toys in question were sold from January 2005 through June 2007. They were manufacturered in China.

Toys marked with the letters WJ or AZ are not included in the recall. Patty Davis with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says lead can be toxic if ingested by children. This is a classic example of inadequate consumer product regulation in China. Its impact on the children in the Untited States is yet unmeasured, and there maybe no redress againstthe Chinese manufacturer. Action against the Untited States distributors may be the only remedy available for harm caused to children. Whle our citizens and vicims rights are under attack in Washington by insurance companies and large corporate wrongdoers, currently we still have legal avenues available to protect innocent children from harm causd by those such as the Chinese manufacturing industry and their distributors in the US.

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