(UPDATED 1:48 pm – see note at bottom of post)
Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. After the RC2 company recall of millions of Thomas the Tank Engine toys contaminated by lead-based paint, today Fisher-Price announced a massive recall of nearly one million toys tainted by the same toxin. The toys are Sesame Street and Nickelodeon themed toys ranging from “giggle grabbers” to character figures and many more.
To see if you own any of these toys, go HERE. Allow some time for the site to load; I imagine it’s getting lots of traffic right now. There are some screens to show the toys and then links to see if yours might be affected. You have to indicate if you bought the toys before or after May 1, 2007. I am not sure I trust the resulting pop-up. The articles I have read indicate the affected toys were sold in the U.S. between May and August. However, the RC2 toys affected were manufactured between January 200 and April 2006. That’s an awfully large window. Who or what is to guarantee that the Mattel/Fisher-Price toys dating farther back are not impacted?
Given that we own five of the toys listed on the FP web site, regardless of the date of purchase, it is not a chance I am willing to take. Nik chews on absolutely all of his toys. Constantly. Especially the Sesame Street character figures.
Maybe I am being a panicky mother; I am totally fine with that. It’s not like I’m talking about a splinter that might get infected. Nik already has enough challenges, I am not willing to add possible lead poisoning to the mix. Since we will be at the hospital for lab work on Friday already, I think I will ask the pediatrician to order a lead screening…just in case.
UPDATE: I talked to the pediatrician’s office; they told me that they’ve gotten a lot of calls like mine and have put in orders for lead screenings for tons of kids already. Nik gets his done tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed!