RC2 to Pay $1.25 Million Lead Settlement

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RC2 Corp. has agreed to pay a $1.25 million penalty settlement for importing and selling Thomas & Friends children’s toys that contained excessive lead that were above legal limits. As part of the settlement, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said, RC2 Corp. denied that it knowingly violated federal lead laws.

The commission alleged that the company and Learning Curve Brands Inc., one of its subsidiaries, knowingly imported and sold Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway toys that contained lead levels above the .06 percent by weight.

RC2 recalled approximately 1.7 million units in June and September 2007. The products––which were more than 24 styles of vehicles, building, and train accessories––were sold between May and September 2007.