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The recent recall of Thomas the Tank Engine toys for containing lead paint has joined a long string of recalls of toys and other products made in China. Lead is a toxic substance that can cause brain damage. 24 kinds of toys have been recalled so far this year, every one of them made in China.

Over all, the number of products made in China that are being recalled in the United States by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has doubled in the last five years, driving the total number of recalls in the country to 467 last year, an annual record.

It also means that China today is responsible for about 60 percent of all product recalls, compared with 36 percent in 2000.

1.5 million units of Thomas toys are included in the current recall. The manufacturer R2C Corp. is asking parents to take the toys away from children and contact them for a replacement toy.

For more information on this subjcet, please visit our section on Defective and Dangerous Products.

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