Recall Out for 'Thomas' Toys Made in China

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls 1.5 million Thomas and Friends products — as in Thomas the Tank Engine — because a Chinese factory used lead paint. A consumer watchdog says 20 percent of China's toys and baby clothes are substandard.

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Consumer officials want to rein in unsafe products. So today's last word in business is recall. If you know a child who loves Thomas the Tank Engine, it might be time to yank that train out of his little fingers for his own good. The Consumer Products Safety Commission is recalling 1.5 million Thomas and Friends products. A Chinese factory used lead paint.

On the Chinese calendar, this may be the year of the recall. Children's rings and poisonous pet food and fake milk powder and toothpaste have all been called back. China's consumer watchdog says 20 percent of China's toys and baby clothes are substandard. These recalls are a reminder of something else, by the way. So many recalled products happen to be Chinese in part because those are the products we now buy.

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