I just heard on NPR news this evening, that today there were yet more toy recalls due to lead paint. This is the link to the CPSC toy recall list, however as of this evening, the latest recalls are not on the list, so here are direct links to the new recalls in detail:
Kids II Recalls Baby Einstein Color Blocks Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (Baby Einstein Discover & Play Color Blocks – soft fabric blocks)
Children’s Decorating Sets Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard; Sold Exclusively at Toys “R” Us (“Totally Me” Funky Room Decor Set)
Dollar General Recalls Tumblers Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (Frankenstein Cups)
Eveready Battery Co. Recalls Toy Flashlights Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (“Pirates of the Caribbean” squeeze-type flashlight)
Target Recalls Plush Boys Rattles Due to Choking Hazard (Rattles are a white baseball with red stitching, a brown football with white stitching, and an orange basketball with black stitching)
I don’t think any parent would disagree that this is appalling and disheartening. I wonder how many toys we own that violate lead paint standards? Every time I see the baby put a toy in her mouth, I cringe and ask myself that question. No matter how high-quality you think your toys are, you just never really know for sure.