Thomas & Friends Toy Recall (2023) Over Magnet Ingestion & Choking Risks

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What’s The Thomas Train Recall?

On October 19, 2023, Fisher Price Inc., of East Aurora, New York, recalled about 21,000 units of two variations of Thomas & Friends train toys. According to the recall notice, the small plastic piece with a high-powered magnet that connects the trains can become loose or detach, posing magnet ingestion and choking hazards to young children. (1)(2)

The voluntary recall was issued after Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway received one report of the affected plastic connector becoming and detaching from the toy. (1)(2)

Thankfully, no injuries were reported relating to this toy recall. (1)

According to the recall advisory from the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), 400 units of these toys are also being recalled in Canada. (1)


What Thomas & Friends Toys Are Recalled?

This toy recall involves two variations of Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway trucks measuring approximately 3.6 inches long x 2.1 inches high: (1)(2)

  • Troublesome Truck & Crates
  • Troublesome Truck & Paint


Both trucks are designed as push-along wooden trains with characters from Thomas & Friends under the toy line “Troublesome Trucks.” (1)(2)

They have magnetic connectors that let your child attach them to other vehicles. (1)(2)

All the affected toys were sold from February 2022 through August 2023 through the following outlets: (1)

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Specialty stores nationwide and other websites


They’re easily identifiable by the faces on the front portion of the train cars. (see photos below) (1)(2)


Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Troublesome Truck & Crates

This Thomas & Friends toy features a black and gray train car that has a cargo of brown crates. (1)(2)



Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Troublesome Truck & Paint

This Thomas & Friends toy features a gray and black train car with a cargo of gray paint cans. It also has prints that mimic yellow paint splatter on its side. (1)(2)



How Do I Know If My Child’s Thomas & Friends Toys Have Been Recalled?

Find the label on the bottom of your train cars. They’re included in this voluntary toy recall if they have the following model numbers: (1)(2)

  • Troublesome Truck & Crates – HBJ89
  • Troublesome Truck & Paint – HBJ90


What To Do With My Recalled Thomas & Friends Toys?

Immediately stop using these toys and keep them out of your children’s reach. 

You can process your refund by sending a message to Fisher Price Inc. or Mattel to receive a pre-paid return label (will be sent via email) and other instructions via these channels: (1)(2)

  • Toll-free phone number: 855-853-6224 from 9 AM to 6 PM ET, Mondays through Fridays
  • Recall site:
  • Main website: (click “Recalls & Safety Alerts”)


Are These Thomas & Friends Toys Still Safe To Use?

No. These toys are being recalled over magnet ingestion and choking risks, which can lead to serious injuries or even death. 


Where Were These Thomas & Friends Toys Manufactured?

  • Indonesia (1)


What Was The Lead Paint Crisis On The Thomas Wooden Railway?

In June 2007, about 1.5 million different Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Toys were recalled over lead poisoning hazards. (see list of affected toys below) (3)

According to the recall advisory, the surface paints of these recalled railway toys can contain lead, which can lead to adverse (ill) health effects on young children. (3)

Some ill effects of lead include the following: (4)

  • Damage to children’s brain and nervous system
  • Possible behavior and learning issues
  • Possible speech and hearing issues
  • Stunted growth and development


What Thomas & Friends Toys Were Recalled In 2007?

These were the Thomas & Friends railway toys affected by the 2007 lead recall: (3)

  • Brown & Yellow Old Slow Coach
  • Deluxe Sodor Fire Station
  • Ice Cream Factory
  • James with Team Colors Engine
  • James with Team Colors #5 Coal Tender
  • Red “Sodor Mail” Car
  • Red Baggage Car
  • Red Coal Car
  • Red Coal Car “2006 Day Out With Thomas” (label) on the side
  • Red Fire Brigade Train
  • Red Fire Brigade Truck
  • Red Holiday Caboose
  • Red Hook & Ladder Truck
  • Red Water Tanker Truck
  • Red James Engine
  • Red James’ # 5 Coal Tender
  • Red Lights & Sounds James Engine
  • Red James’ #5 Lights & Sounds Coal Tender
  • Red Musical Caboose
  • Red Skarloey Engine
  • Red Sodor Line Caboose
  • Red Stop Sign
  • Smelting Yard
  • Yellow “Sodor Cargo Company” Cargo Piece
  • Yellow Box Car
  • Yellow Railroad Crossing Sign


Were Thomas The Tank Engine Toys Recalled Because Of Lead Paint?

No. Thomas the Tank Engine (blue) isn’t among the recalled toys under the Thomas & Friends toy line in 2007. (3)


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