One down, a dozen more to go. Illinois-based toymaker RC2 Corp, the makers of Thomas & Friends wooden railway toys, have agreed to a 30 million dollar payout in the class-action lawsuit.
From the AP press article,
“We believe this really is the first step toward cleaning up the problem of lead paint in toys,” the Chicago lawyer said. “It will put a lot of pressure on other companies to step up and act morally. We hope this becomes a problem of the past.”
We wholeheartedly agree it’s the first step, but we also wonder how it happened in the first place. The apologetic company is offering cash as well as “bonus” toys for compensation. This is the first use of the word “bonus” that I know of that means “Your toddler can chew on this and not be poisoned.”