Ya know, this is too bad and we, as Americans should know better. But if you were born before 1973, there is a better then even chance your house was painted with a lead based paint, you, as a child played with lead soldiers, used lead sinkers on your fishing line, lead shot in your guns, painted your cars with paint that had lead, stopped that same car with asbestos based brake linings, had a home heating system with asbestos laden insulation, installed vinyl flooring with asbestos fibers holding it together. Then if you are a bit older, mom dusted her roses with DDT, dad fertilized and devermined his garden with a host of now banned substances. Then of course your refrigerator had R-12 freon as did your automobile, and your gasoline had tetraethyl lead, then later it had MBTE as an oxygenator, etc, etc, etc. Live in Houston, Texas City or Port Arthur for a while. The Love Canal area of Niagara Falls. Or the Mississippi Delta in Louisiana - now there are some contamination problem areas that really need the media attention.
Now, with all that said, and I do agree with Kevin45 that Mattel should never have let this happen - and what I'm trying to say, as a devils advocate, is that we as first, children then adults have been exposed to so many chemicals now designated as contaminants, that the trace amounts of lead found in these toys is negligible, that the network media, AGAIN, is blowing something out of proportion to the actual problem. Yes, we should monitor these imports and yes, these products should be recalled, but unless you ingest a lot more lead then what is on a Thomas the Tank toy or two, there will be no problem.
Last edited by Irelands child; 10-08-2007 at 02:37 PM.