When 4-year-old Dakarai Vieyra was made to hand over his prized Iron Man toy, he wept bitterly. When Caroline Cox of the Center for Environmental Health determined that Iron Man was lead-free, Vieyra was all smiles. He probably doesn't know the difference between Fe and Pb — he just wanted his toy back.
Rep. Jackie Speier and Cox this weekend tested about 40 toys, including Vieyra's Iron Man, for lead content. Everything came out just fine. But some mugs and glasses the Congresswoman brought in turned out to be far from unleaded.