Getting the lead out

Recall roundup - March 2005


Children’s lead jewelry will be safer now that the Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued new procedures for testing the levels of lead in the jewelry, the agency says.

Under current law, children’s products should not have lead in areas that can be exposed to a child. The policy issued in February clarifies that law by adding details and testing guidelines for manufacturers and importers.

In 2004, more than 150 million pieces of children’s jewelry were recalled due to high levels of lead. According to spokesman Scott Wolfson, the commission had been working on defining the new policy but “kicked into high gear” in the wake of the recalls. “What we’re doing is saying, ‘Here are our tests. Run these tests before the products hit the market,’ ” Wolfson says.

The commission is also urging manufacturers to replace lead in children’s products with other metals, such as aluminum, tin or zinc.

The following is a sampling of the products recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission from Jan. 14 to Feb. 15. For more information, call (800) 638-2772 or visit Infants •  Flashing Pacifier with Whistle Necklace and Flashing Pacifier Shock Baby Necklace, Todo Dollar Wholesale. The nipple can come off the pacifier and possibly choke a child. 

•  Reef Rocker infant toy, Wal-Mart. The seam on the balls can break, exposing small parts, which may choke a child.  Miscellaneous •  Long’s Central-Vite Multivitamins, Leiner Health Products. The adult vitamins contain iron that can poison a child if ingested and the packaging does not meet safety standards for child resistance.

•  Winnie the Pooh plate set with plastic fork and spoon, Giftco. The plastic prongs in the fork created by the Vernon Hills company may break off and possibly choke a child.

• Multi-purpose barbecue lighters, Arett Sales. The lighters do not meet federal safety standards for child resistance and young children could operate them.

• Memory Trunks, Once Upon a Family. The lid can fall on a child’s neck while he or she is digging in the trunk and possibly strangle a child. If a child climbs in the trunk, the lid can close and self-fasten, trapping the child inside.  Clothing •  Denim jumper set, HIS International. The paint on the jumper’s buttons contains high levels of lead and can poison children. •  Girls’ Cardigan Sweaters with Faux Fur Trim, H&M. The furry trim on the sweaters is flammable.

•  Chamois Blankets, Pottery Barn Kids. Stitching surrounding the edge of the blanket can come loose and possibly strangle a child.

Toys •  Baby Walker, Big Save International. The walkers can fit through a doorway, are not designed to stop at the edge of a stair and may tip over, potentially injuring a baby.

•  Trampolines and enclosures, Jumpking. Welds on the trampoline can break, causing falls and injuries, and metal mounting brackets that secure the enclosure net to the trampoline have sharp edges that can cut a child.

• Toy Cars, New Star Toys & Gifts. Small parts may break off the cars and choke a child.

Ashley Ernst


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