The W Family Chronicles

Oh Thomas, how the mighty have fallen.

Posted on: October 5, 2007

There has been another Thomas recall.  Again, we have many of the pieces that were recalled.  Even better?  The free “gift” they gave out to the people who sent in stuff to be replaced has been recalled.  Yeah, they sent out another lead laden toy if you sent in stuff because it had lead in it.  I don’t think it’s too much to ask that they test this crap before it gets sent out!  When I called during the original recall to ask about reimbursing postage, they said they were providing a free gift instead.  (Later they ended up covering postage anyway, but nowhere near what it cost me to ship them.)  And my first question was “How do I know that one will be safe?”  The person reassured me that they would absolutely not send out anything that hadn’t been tested/checked/whatever.  So they flat out lied to me, and put who knows how many kids in danger *again* with their negligence. It’s infuriating, to say the least.

I used to really like the Thomas stuff.  It was expensive, but it was a good quality toy.  I like that they’re made out of wood, especially.  Plastics have been getting some attention lately for being unsafe, so I felt good about the kids having wooden toys to play with.  And they’re so collectible…they’re always coming out with new trains, new sets, etc. so the kids don’t get bored.  But now I’m just disgusted.  It sickens me that they don’t do better testing on toys.  I’m willing to pay more for stuff I know is safe…just tell me where to find it.  I know shopping online is my best bet but I like to see stuff in person, let the kids play with it, find out if it’s really something they’ll enjoy.  It’s so frustrating.

And speaking of toys and such, J’s birthday is next week!  How did he get to be 5???  He’s getting a bike for his birthday, and some other small things.  It’s also preschool day at the county fair and his class is going.  D is trying to take the morning off so he can go with us.  Should be fun!  I just can’t believe my baby is going to be *5* years old though…where does the time go? 😦

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D is the dad, the husband, and the breadwinner. All around nice guy and good at pretty much everything he does. It's disgusting, really. But makes him worth keeping around.

M is the mom, the wife, and the hopeless housekeeper. At least the kids' heads haven't fallen off yet. Beyond that, she sucks at the "stay at home" thing. Oh, and she's the blogger.

J is the big boy. Born October 11 2002, he is in kindergarten and loves it. Now 6 years old, and too smart for his own good. Talks a lot but extremely entertaining.

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