Feast your eyes on all the Thomas & Friends™ Wooden Railway Toys models that were recalled because their paint contains levels of toxic lead, aka the element voted Most Likely To Keep Your Kid Out of Harvard.
The recall covers toys sold between January 2005 and June 2007 [hey, that's today!], but does not include toys marked with codes “WJ” or “AZ”. If you have any of these toys, get them away from your kid, and then contact Thomas's corporate overlord, RC2.
If Consumerists' accounts of repossessed birthday presents and unreimbursed shipping costs are any indication, Thomas might not have many friends left. Have you been run over by this train? Any tips for getting your lead-threatened child back on track? Any more annoying puns before this post rolls off the rails?
Also, I'm very interested to see how this recall actually came together. ABC News makes it sound like the CPSC has actually stepped up lead-related investigations and recalls. These Thomas toys have been on the market for two years, and I'm sure (?) they haven't been quietly accumulating reports of lead poisoning until they had enough to spur a recall. Right?? Otherwise it makes me wonder how much lead-laced product is just out there, hanging around.