Norfolk County Council trading standards officers, in conducting a spot check, found the paint on Friction Power Toy Cars contained 40 times the legal limit of lead and five times the legal limit of chromium, according to the Eastern Daily Press.
About 8,000 cars have been imported into the UK, according to the report. They were made in China and are available in green, orange, yellow and white. They are packaged in a blue and white box with a transparent window. The name Wil is printed in capitals on the box and carries an item number of TY2409.
David Collinson, head of trading standards (pictured), said: “Toy manufacturers in the UK and US have been recalling millions of toys due to lead and chromium concerns since 2004. We believe these toys are older items, still in circulation in the market place.
“We would always advise parents buying toys for children to look for the CE Mark. The Lion Mark, which is also found on packaging, means it is made by a member of the British Toy and Hobby Association and shows that it meets current safety standards and that the age rating is the safe age for the child to use the toy.”