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Reminder: June 2007 Thomas The Tank Engine Wooden Toy Recall. Do you still have these trains at home?

The Thomas The Tank Engine recall was announced in June of 2007. Because so many people have held on to these wooden toy trains as “heirloom quality” toys (given how expensive they are), AND because so many people who bought the toys in the period impacted by the recall (trains sold between January 2005 through […]

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#AskTamara: Should I be worried about the possibility of lead in the sandbox toys at my child’s school?

#AskTamara Question: Should I be worried about the possibility of lead in the sandbox toys (or on the playground) at my child’s school? Answer: Um, yeah. And here’s why… The plastic toy dinosaur pictured here was just one of MANY leaded toys found on a playground at a daycare for young children near Santa Monica, California […]

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#LeadFree: Melissa & Doug Wooden Toy Train Set

I tested this Melissa & Doug wooden train set back in 2014 and it was non-detect (ND) for lead (Pb) when tested with an XRF instrument! Here’s my affiliate link for this product on Amazon!* All of the Melissa & Doug products that I have tested have been negative for lead. The nice thing about Melissa […]

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#LeadFree: 1973 Vintage Fisher Price Circus Train

Vintage 1973 Plastic Fisher Price Circus Train. Tested with an XRF instrument. All components were non-detect for lead (Pb), arsenic (As) and mercury (Hg.). The white plastic component of this toy is positive for cadmium at 43 +/- 10 ppm.  Here’s more info about cadmium. Here is a modern version of a similar toy on […]

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#Leaded: Made in Sweden, Brio Train

Brio train, “Made in Sweden” age unknown. Tested in 2015: 1,862 ppm lead & 575 ppm arsenic! The amount of lead that is considered unsafe in a newly manufactured item intended for children in 90 ppm or higher. This toy train was likely manufactured before the new regulations went into effect (2008 through 2010)  – […]

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#LeadSafe: “Newer” Made In Sweden Brio Train

Brio trains – “Made in Sweden“. Exact year of manufacture unknown, tested in 2015. Yellow = non-detect for lead. Red = 10 ppm lead. Tested with an XRF instrument. Thanks to Peggy Oehl for donating and supporting my advocacy! Each donation helps make a new post possible! For #SaferChoices for your family, click here. If […]

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#LeadFree: Small Wooden Train

It is a myth that all “Made in China” toys have lead. This toy train was made in China and tested negative for lead. (“Non-detect” with an XRF instrument.) Year unknown, brand unknown, tested in 2016. Thanks to Samantha Burdette for donating and supporting this post! For #SaferChoices for your family, click here. To make […]

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