ChicagoBreakingNews.com has reported that an Oak Brook Illinois company has agreed to pay a $1.25 million civil penalty for importing and selling toys that contained too much lead in the paint. The product liability fine is part of a settlement that the Illinois company reached with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The U.S. CPSC claims that the Illinois toy seller and its Learning Curve Brands, Inc. unit knowingly imported and distributed various Thomas & Friends wooden railway toys with paints or other surface coatings with excessive lead levels. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission indicated that this is the second biggest civil penalty ever imposed against a toymaker.
In the product liability settlement, the Illinois toymaker company denies that it knowingly violated the federal lead paint ban. The Illinois company stressed that the toy in question of having excessive lead levels was part of a 2007 product recall. The Illinois toymaker also stressed that all similar products that it makes today meet or exceed not only safety standards set by the U.S. CPSC but also toy safety standards worldwide. The 2007 product recall of various Thomas & Friends toys occurred over allegations that the Illinois company failed to ensure that the toys would comply with a ban on excessive lead in paint, creating a risk of lead poisoning.
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