Red & Yellow Brio Train, Made in Sweden: 1,862 ppm Lead & 575 ppm Arsenic

Brio train, “Made in Sweden” age unknown.
Tested with an XRF in 2015.

  • Lead (Pb): 1,862 ppm
  • Arsenic (As): 575 ppm

To learn more about XRF testing, Click HERE.

The amount of Lead that is considered unsafe in a newly manufactured item intended for children in 90 ppm Lead (or higher) in the paint or coating.

This toy train was likely manufactured before the new regulations went into effect (2008 through 2010). It was mostly likely made in the 1990 to 2010 range, although it was not part of the 2007 Thomas The Tank Engine Recall [LINK.]

As a result of the 2007 recall (and subsequent legislation), new Thomas and Brio trains should all be Lead-free.

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2 Responses to Red & Yellow Brio Train, Made in Sweden: 1,862 ppm Lead & 575 ppm Arsenic

  1. Katy Striebinger April 2, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

    We had these trains tested as well since I saw this post and my son was passed down these trains from dad. The city inspectors gun didn’t trace lead on them. Weird, right? Maybe mine weren’t made in Sweden? Regardless, they’re being tossed.

    • Tamara April 2, 2018 at 9:28 pm #

      Do you know what type of instrument the inspector had? Did you get a “less than one milligram per centimeter squared” reading? or a “negative” in parts per million – reading.

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