RC2 Corp. Recalls Various Thomas & Friends(TM) Wooden Railway Toys Due to Lead Poisoning Hazard

    WASHINGTON, June 14 /CNW/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission,
in cooperation with the firm named below, announced a voluntary recall of the
following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products
immediately unless otherwise instructed. (To access color photos of the
following recalled products, see CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.)

    Name of Products: Various Thomas & Friends(TM) Wooden Railway Toys

    Units: About 1.5 million (about 90,000 sold in Canada)

    Importer/Distributor: RC2 Corp., of Oak Brook, Ill.

    Hazard: Surface paints on the recalled products contain lead. Lead is
            toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health

    Incidents/Injuries: None.

    Description: The recall involves wooden vehicles, buildings and other
                 train set components for young children listed in the chart
                 below. The front of the packaging has the logo "Thomas &
                 Friends Wooden Railway" on the upper left-hand corner. A
                 manufacturing code may be located on the bottom of the
                 product or inside the battery cover. Toys marked with codes
                 containing "WJ" or "AZ" are not included in this recall.

                            Recalled Product Name

    -- Red James Engine & Red James' # 5 Coal Tender
    -- Red Lights & Sounds James Engine & Red James' #5 Lights & Sounds Coal
    -- James with Team Colors Engine & James with Team Colors #5 Coal Tender
    -- Red Skarloey Engine
    -- Brown & Yellow Old Slow Coach
    -- Red Hook & Ladder Truck & Red Water Tanker Truck
    -- Red Musical Caboose
    -- Red Sodor Line Caboose
    -- Red Coal Car labeled "2006 Day Out With Thomas" on the Side
    -- Red Baggage Car
    -- Red Holiday Caboose
    -- Red "Sodor Mail" Car
    -- Red Fire Brigade Truck
    -- Red Fire Brigade Train
    -- Deluxe Sodor Fire Station
    -- Red Coal Car
    -- Yellow Box Car
    -- Red Stop Sign
    -- Yellow Railroad Crossing Sign
    -- Yellow "Sodor Cargo Company" Cargo Piece
    -- Smelting Yard
    -- Ice Cream Factory

    Sold at: Toy stores and various retailers nationwide from January 2005
             through June 2007 for between $10 and $70.

    Manufactured In: China

    Remedy: Consumers should take the recalled toys away from young children
            immediately and contact RC2 Corp. for a replacement toy.

    Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact RC2 Corp. toll-free
                      at (866) 725-4407 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday
                      through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. CT
                      Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at


For further information:

For further information: RC2 Corp., 1-866-725-4407 Web Site:
http://www.cpsc.gov                  http://recalls.rc2.com

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