Madigan Warns Of Lead Exposure From Wooden Railway Toys

Attorney General Alerts Consumers to Recall of Popular Children’s Product “Thomas And Friends” Wooden Railway Toys

Chicago, IL—(ENEWSPF)— Attorney General Lisa Madigan today is alerting consumers to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) recall of 1.5 million “Thomas and Friends” wooden railway toys.  The recall, issued on June 13, 2007, involves 26 different products in the Thomas line, including several versions of the “Red James Engine” and “Red James Coal Tender.”  The items were sold nationwide from January 2005 through June 2007 for between $10 and $70.

CPSC recalled the toys after determining that the surface paint on the toys contains lead.  Children often mouth or chew on toys and if that were to occur with this product, a child could ingest the paint and be at risk for lead poisoning.  Lead poisoning has been known to cause learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders and behavior problems in children.

“This is a beloved children’s toy and I want to make sure that parents and other care givers know that children playing with these toys are being exposed to lead paint,” said Attorney General Madigan.

Investigators from the Attorney General’s office are now in the process of checking retail establishments throughout the state to make sure that the recalled “Thomas and Friends” products have been removed from store shelves. 

“We are working to make sure that children’s products with lead paint are taken off of Illinois store shelves,” Madigan added.

Consumers can find a list of the recalled items at the CPSC website,, or by going to  A list of the recalled products is also available from the distributor, RC2 Corporation located in Oak Brook.  That information is available at

Recalled items have the logo “Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway” in the upper left hand corner.   It is important to note, however, that products with this logo that also have a “WJ” or “AZ” on the bottom of the product or inside the battery cover are not included in the recall.

Consumers who have the toys should ensure that children do not have access to them.  Consumers can obtain a replacement toy from RC2 Corporation by contacting the company toll free at (866) 725-4407 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CDT, Monday through Thursday.  On Friday, the toll-free number is available from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. CDT.

Madigan’s office enforces the Illinois Lead Poisoning Prevention Act, which prohibits the sale of toys, clothing, jewelry or any other product intended to be used by children that contains lead in excess of 600 parts per million.  Additionally, Madigan’s office is responsible for enforcing the Illinois Children’s Product Safety Act, which requires retailers to remove recalled products from store shelves and post recall notices for 120 days.   

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood lead poisoning is considered to be the most preventable environmental disease impacting young children.  While children are most commonly exposed to lead from lead-based paints in older homes, other items such as toys can be a significant source of lead exposure for children.

For more information on the effects of lead in children, please visit the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website at  and the Chicago Department of Public Health’s website at or contact the Chicago Department of Public Health hotline for general lead concerns at (312) 747-LEAD (5323).

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Ford Motor Company Joins USCAP

  • Ford joins United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a group of businesses and leading environmental organizations that have come together to call on the federal government to enact national legislation to achieve significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Ford has long supported the six major principles of USCAP, including recognizing the importance of technology and the need to be environmentally effective.
  • The decision to join underscores Ford's commitment and efforts to reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through an integrated vehicle, plus fuel, plus driver approach.

DEARBORN, Mich.—(ENEWSPF)— Ford announced it is joining USCAP to work with other major U.S. corporations and environmental groups to address the challenge of climate change through market-based, economy-wide actions.

Ford supports USCAP's goal to rapidly advance climate-friendly technologies in all sectors, including transportation, through flexible, cost effective policies. The decision to join USCAP further underscores Ford's commitment and efforts to reduce the country's reliance on foreign oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by taking an integrated approach that includes the vehicle, plus the fuel, plus the driver.

"We are at a critical stage in the conversation on climate change, energy consumption and environmental protection," said Alan Mulally, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company. "We all recognize it is time for action.

Ford has long supported the six major principles of USCAP, including recognizing the importance of technology and the need to be environmentally effective," he added. "We have been actively developing a range of advanced technology vehicles to address the climate change issue, reducing our energy consumption on a global basis and working to create vehicles with the environmental innovation our customers desire. We are pleased to join USCAP as the serious efforts of the Transportation Work Group get underway."

Technological innovation is central to Ford's strategy to develop sustainable solutions that meet both market needs, as well as improve the environmental performance of our products, including their impact on climate change. Ford's portfolio of short- and long-term solutions includes hybrids, improving internal combustion engines, advanced clean diesels, hydrogen fuel cells, hydrogen internal combustion engines and bio-fueled vehicles.

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With more than 280,000 employees and more than 100 plants worldwide, the company’s core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo and Mazda. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit

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Chrysalis Community Center

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Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Four teenagers from the surrounding area helped write a grant to theNational Crime Prevention Council.  Thanks to their unique and wellplanned idea, Chrysalis Community Center will sponsor a teen and familyfriendly weekend at the end of July."Violence Free is the Way to Be!",is the theme of this youth-driven service project.


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