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The Army and Air Force Exchange Service expanded its recall of Soldier Bear brand toys Wednesday after tests showed they had unacceptable levels of lead.

About 11,400 toys, all made by two toy companies headquartered in Hong Kong, are covered under the recall, according to an AAFES news release.

One toy, made by Toy World Group, came off exchange shelves Nov. 1 after a laboratory that tests AAFES products reported paint on the items exceeded federal standards for lead, according to an e-mail from Judd Anstey, an AAFES spokesman.

The other tainted toys were removed from shelves Nov. 2 after the lab reported lead problems with a toy from another manufacturer, First Learning Company, according to Anstey.

In both cases, AAFES alerted the Consumer Product Safety Commission about the items and was advised to have all other toys from the manufacturers pulled from the shelves and tested.

The items that failed testing and are recalled are:

Wooden Pull-Along Learning Blocks Wagon (alphabet blocks in a wooden wagon).

Time Teacher (magnetic shapes and clock in pull cart).

Wooden Riding Horse.

Vehicle Playset (blue military vehicle with action figures).

The Consumer Product Safety Commission held off on issuing the recall announcement until tests for samples of all the Toy World and First Learning toys sold by AAFES were complete, Anstey said Wednesday by phone. It was the commission’s decision, he said, to wrap the recalls together rather than issue them piecemeal.

Toys that tested as safe have been put back up for sale at exchanges.

AAFES recalled five other Soldier Bear toy sets in two recalls earlier this year. About 16,000 toys were covered under those recalls.

AAFES warned consumers to immediately take the recalled toys away from children and return them to the nearest AAFES store for a full refund.

The exchange “has been routinely and randomly sending toys to independent labs for supplemental lead testing,” the news release stated.


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