Curious George Dolls Finally Recalled For Lead Contamination

About a month ago, the Center for Environmental Health announced that they’d found high levels of lead in an unrecalled Curious George toy. The manufacturer, Marvel, refused to recall the doll because they said they needed to confirm the tests.

“If we find a problem, we will do a recall, it’s the only appropriate thing to do,” a Marvel spokesperson said.

Unfortunately for consumers, there was a problem, but now Marvel says that the 175,000 lead-tainted toys were only sold from December 2005 through August 2007, two months before the Center for Environmental Health tested the Curious George doll.

This seemed just a bit strange to us because the Center for Environmental Health claimed that the toy had been recently purchased at Toys R Us at the time that they announced their results. We asked Caroline Cox, Research Director for the Center, if Marvel was recalling the same doll she tested. Caroline told us in an email that the doll had the same SKU, and that the Center had purchased their dolls on October 1.

Even the AP is reporting that the dolls weren’t for sale when the Center for Environmental Health purchased and tested theirs:

The dolls went on sale in 2005, though the company said it stopped producing them that December and ran out of inventory last August.

Could it be that Marvel wants to avoid answering questions about why they refused to pull the doll from shelves after the Center’s tests?

We asked the Ms. Cox what the Center thought of the recalls.

“We’re glad to see Marvel’s action, but it should have happened before Curious George was in children’s hands, not after,” she said.

Curious George Plush Dolls Recalled By Marvel Toys Due to Risk of Lead Exposure [CPSC]
Health Group Takes Action to Get the Lead Out of Toys [CEH]
Marvel recalling plush ‘Curious George’ dolls [CNNMoney]


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  1. iEddie says:

    If the damn CPSC actually had power to do something…

  2. tadowguy says:

    It’s fairly obvious that Marvel shipped their remaining inventory to stores by August, but they were on store shelves still in October.

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  4. vaxman says:

    @tadowguy: I guess that means that the kids aren’t that curious about Curious George Ba Doom Boom Ting

    Sorry, that was my bad joke for the day…

  5. vaxman says:

    @vaxman: and yes, it brought a smile to my face and thats all that matters

  6. XianZomby says:

    I’m so tired of these “contaminated with lead” stories. How much lead is actually in these toys? And on what parts? And how many plastic doll eyes would a kid have to eat in order to actually get lead poisioning? Nobody tells you this stuff. It’s just knee-jerk reactions and fearmongering. You’d think the chinese were selling fishing weights as candy or something.

  7. DallasDMD says:

    @xianzomby: Any amount of lead is bad. Its like asking how much poo do you want contaminated in your food. A little might not cause illness but the more you get, the worse off you are.

    If all these toys contained even small amounts of lead that were otherwise negligible, the cumulative effects could be very problematic. Thats why we have to nip the problem in the bud and nitpick like crazy.