#Leaded: Vintage Fisher Price Motor Boat Toy (c. 1970?)

Vintage Fisher Price Motor Boat Toy.
Tested with an XRF instrument:

Green Plastic 
Arsenic (As): 113 +/- 23 ppm
Yellow Plastic 
Cadmium (Cd): 1992 +/- 41 ppm
White Plastic
Lead (Pb): 148 +/- 11 ppm

Most plastic vintage Fisher Price toys are positive for some level of lead, cadmium or arsenic.  There is no place for these elements in toys intended for children. While no study has been done (to my knowledge) about whether or not this sort of toy might cause the poisoning of a child (because no one has a financial interest in doing scientific studies on vintage toys – even though everyone seems to have these in the basement or attic at Grandma’s house!) the levels of lead and cadmium have been documented and noted to be above what is safe for exposure to a child for modern toys. Said another way, if this was a modern toy – it would be considered illegal, solely based on the lead and cadmium levels. I don’t have enough information about arsenic and in the online research I have done I have not found any low threshold standard set as an “allowable” amount of arsenic in an item intended for use by children. If you have a link for that, please share it with me and I will update this post! Thank you!

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Thank you for reading and for sharing this important information, to help educate parents and protect children everywhere!


Tamara Rubin
Mother of Lead Poisoned Children



One Response to #Leaded: Vintage Fisher Price Motor Boat Toy (c. 1970?)

  1. bmommyx2 June 12, 2018 at 12:37 am #

    My brother had one & we played with it in the bath all of the time 🙁

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