Thomas The Tank Engine Makers Settle Class Action With Free Toys

Thomas the Tank Engine makers have settled a class-action-lawsuit against for $30 million, stemming from their production of anthropomorphic toy trains brought to life with lead-tainted paint. Under the terms, RC2 will give cash refunds or replacement toys, plus a “bonus” toy. Hopefully this time RC2 will check to make sure the apology choo-choos aren’t lead-tainted as well.

Maker of Thomas toys settles suit on lead paint [Chicago Tribune]


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  1. RagingRocket says:

    So, I already participated in the recall and got the replacement pieces and “gift” that was thankfully lead-free. Who filed the suit and does this class actually include people who participated in the recall? Unbelieveable!

    If we’re considered to be in the “class”, give me more trains. My 5yo was inconsolable at losing all the RED engines and fire trucks and he reminded me every time he played with what was left.

  2. Sudonum says:

    “anthropomorphic toy trains brought to life with lead-tainted paint”

    Was it the lead based paint that brought them to life??? Wow, that stuff is powerful. Kills people, but brings toys to life! Who woulda thunk it?

  3. Buran says:

    The Museum of Transportation near me spent millions a while back to clean up the real thing — the boilers were insulated with asbestos on dozens of locomotives on display, which are deliberately accessible (not fenced in) so that you can touch them, and in some cases climb in. So, could be worse…

  4. theblackdog says:

    @Buran: Well I’m glad they fixed the problem.

  5. riverstyxxx says:

    Class action lawsuit settled with refunds and free toys? Oh whatever, they make product that becomes deadly to children and their only apology comes in the form of a refund? Shove it. Thomas can drive his train right off a bridge for all I care.

  6. Buran says:

    @theblackdog: And they did it without fencing everything off — I think being able to get your hands on exhibits in museums is great.

    (The locomotives were built before the dangers of asbestos were known).