I love me some Curious George. The TV show is on in my area no fewer than five times a day. I’m not kidding. And since some three year old in my house has recently developed a passion for George!, we are subjected to his whimsical humorous antics frequently. Oh yes, I love me some George.
Except, not the toxic lead-laden doll version of Curious George, no thanks. The one selling at a store near you, like Toys ‘R Us.
An independent watchdog agency,the Center for
Environmental Health (CEH), found that one of these Curious George dolls sold at Toys ‘R Us contained ten times the allowed amount of lead. This is new information as of Wednesday, so no recall has been issued at this point and it’s likely that the dolls are still on the shelves, but the CEH has filed legal notices with the toy’s manufacturer, which will hopefully prompt some action. Another case where activism can make a difference.
Poor George. It’s not his fault even though he’s always cautioned to be a “good little monkey.” Guess he stepped in the lead paint.
Concerned about lead in your kid’s stuff? This article about home lead testing of your items, such as bibs, lunchboxes and kids’ jewelry, all known to contain lead, may help.
Oh, and one more thing. I was unable to determine exactly which of probably dozens of incarnations of Curious George dolls is the culprit here. The one pictured is the “Tickle and Giggle” (I kid you not) version sold at Wal-Mart, but again, I don’t know if this is THE Curious George causing the problem. I’ll keep you posted.