State gets the lead out of children's products

Nearly every month, the list of recalls includes at least one product that contains high amounts of lead, a known neurotoxin. On this month's list of recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are the metal charms included with Twentieth Century Fox's Shirley Temple DVDs, due to lead.

Illinois is becoming one of the first states to take a stand with legislation banning lead in consumer products intended for children.

State Rep. Harry Osterman (D-Chicago) proposed HB 4853, which is now awaiting Gov. Blagojevich's signature. It requires manufacturers to get the lead out before they sell jewelry, clothing, accessories, decorative objects, candy, food and dietary supplements intended for children. The bill limits lead content to less than .06 percent of the total weight.

State law already covers paint, toys and furniture.

Other recalls

The following children's products were also recalled in the last month:

Schwinn Deluxe Bicycle Child Carrier by PTI Sports. This bicycle child seat has plastic tabs that can break, causing the seat to fall off. The manufacturer has received five reports of the seat breaking, including three injuries.

Children's necklaces by Selected Trading Co. The jewelry contains high levels of lead, posing a serious risk of lead poisoning.  Strollers by Sycamore Kids. This is the second recall of the $400 to $640 Mountain Buggy Jogging Strollers. There have been 49 reports of the handlebars cracking or breaking while in use. Five injuries occurred.

Phil & Ted Strollers by Regal Lager. The plastic hinges on the handlebars of these $650 double strollers can crack or break.

Disney personal DVD players. There have been 17 reports-including three injuries-of the battery packs that are sold with these DVD players overheating and bursting while recharging.  Sweaters by Trendset Originals. These girls' sweaters have drawstrings that are a strangulation hazard. Children's clothing should never have drawstrings around the neck. Marvel Education Toy Phones. These wooden play phones have push buttons that can detach, posing a choking hazard.

To report a problem with a product or to see the complete list of recalls, visit

Nancy Cowles Executive director, Kids In Danger


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