Sunday, August 01, 2004
Chairs, strollers, swings, dolls and more :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
More than 150 million pieces of metal toy jewelry have been voluntarily recalled by four jewelry importers in cooperation with the Consumer Products Saftey Comission for containing dangerous amounts of lead.
Saline and acid tests showed lead leaching out from the jewelry, proving the protective coating on it was not effective.
"The simplest thing to do [is to make sure] there is no accessible lead in a child's product," said Ken Giles, a CPSC spokesman. The CPSC uses "accessible" because an item can contain lead if it is properly covered or sealed, which is not the case with the cheap toy jewelry.
The jewelry was sold in toy vending machines for 25 to 75 cents. All of the pieces have been recalled. If parents find a piece of jewelry among their child's belongings, they should throw it away.
Giles says that while the CPSC does not believe parents should worry about other vending machine items, the organization is testing other items as well.
The following list is a sampling of the products recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission from June 10 to July 14. For more information, call (800) 638-2772 or visit www.cpsc.gov.
Household items • General Electric Cool Touch Slow Cooker, Select Brands. The heating element of the cooker can melt through the outer plastic covering, posing a burn hazard.
Clothing and furniture • Children's Wooden Chairs, The Land of Nod. The legs of the chair, created by the Wheeling-based company, can crack, causing children to fall.
•"Rock 'N Roller" Baby Stroller, Dorel Juvenile Group USA. If the stop pins are bent or missing, the seat can detach, causing the infant to fall.
• Travel Lite Swing, Graco Children's Products. The carrying handle does not secure into place and may fall, hitting the child in the head. The seat belt does not secure the child into the swing.
• Girls' Straw Cowboy Hat, GapKids. Thin wires that line the seam of the hat can poke out, posing a laceration hazard.
• Children's Swimsuit Cover-up, Samara Brothers. The zipper pull can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
• Basic Editions Infant and Toddler Girls' Romper, Kmart. Crocheted tassels may detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Toys and recreation • Reedy Quasar Pro Battery Chargers, Associated Electrics. A defective fuse in the charger can cause the unit to overheat and possibly explode.
• Huffy "Cranbrook" Bicycles, Huffy Bicycle Company. The handlebars can loosen while riding, causing the rider to lose control of the bicycle.
• Toddler Doll Family Sets, Lakeshore Learning Materials. The doll's head and boot can detach, posing a choking hazard.
• Summerville™ Toy Trucks Sets, Target. Parts of the toy trucks can detach, posing a choking hazard for young children.
• Arch Swing and Arch Swing Add-A-Bay, Playworld Systems. The welding between the arch support and top rail can fall apart, causing the frame to collapse. If this happens, children can fall and the top rail may fall on top of them.
Other • Spidey-Signal, Kellogg. Kellogg Co. has announced that the button cell batteries used in promotional wrist watches for Spider-Man 2 contain mercury. While unharmful to children and food, the batteries in the toys are harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. The toys have not been recalled by the CPSC. For information about disposing of the toys, visit http://www.epa.state.il.us/mercury/