This JustIN: More Lead Stories

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By Justin Foss

Today I'm adding to my story that ran at 10:00 about old toys and lead. 

We went to the Lab in Ankeny for to test the toys.  I was sure they'd have some lead in them.  They didn't.

Some one commented on my story that they wanted to know why lead paint was being used now, when it wasn't in the past.

Here's what we know:

     Lead based paint is usually about 1/3 the price of non-lead paint.

     Lead based paint is very rugged, and holds up better than many other paints.

While none of the toy manufacturers have come out and said why they used lead paint, many industry experts have taken a few guesses. 

Some industry analysts say back in the 1970's, there wasn't as much competition in the toy industry.  However, in 2007, there is fierce competition and companies are doing whatever they can to save a few pennies.

Some analysts blame the toy designers, some say it's because regulation in China isn't strict enough.

So, now you're thinking about taking away all those new toys and only letting your kids play with your old toys. 

Not a good idea either. 

The Consumer Products Safety Commission says many of the older toys have other hazards, like pieces that could come off and cause a kid to choke.

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