RC2 Thomas troubles continue

Lawsuits filed against toy train maker in US.
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RC2 Corporation has been named as a defendant in two complaints demanding the company provide medical monitoring to children who may have ingested lead paint from its products, according to Bloomberg News.

The lawsuits, which were filed in Federal District Court in Chicago, seek class action status.

RC2 announced on June 13th that it was voluntarily recalling more than a dozen different types of Thomas toys it made between 2005 and April 2007 because their surface paint contained lead.

"Defendants knew, or should have known, that the Thomas toys were defective and presented a serious risk to the health and safety of children," Kenneth Wexler, a lawyer at the Wexler Toriseva Wallace law firm said in one complaint.

In the original statement, RC2 said that the recall, representing about four per cent of wooden railway unit sales in the US, would reduce the company's second quarter earnings by as much as $2 million. No illnesses or injuries have been reported as a result of the paint, it said.

Bloomberg News also said that Learning Curve Brands is also named as a defendant in both actions.

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