China vs. Vermont: A Toy Story

A recall of some Chinese-made Thomas & Friends trains due to lead paint both boosted and created challenges for a Vermont wooden-toy maker

In mid-June, toy maker RC2 (RCRC) pulled about 1.5 million of its Chinese-made Thomas & Friends brand wooden train sets and accessories—found to be decorated with lead paint—off store shelves across the U.S. In the days following the recall, manufacturers and retailers, from large chains to small mom-and-pops, fielded questions from concerned parents who wanted to know if the trains their kids were playing with were safe.

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