The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued voluntary recalls for several products that contain excessive levels of lead that violate the federal government standards for lead paint levels. These products have been imported from China, Taiwan, and Vietnam. The National Institutes of Health warn that even small amounts of lead exposure may hurt a child’s mental development. As the level of lead in the blood gets higher, it can also cause reduced IQ, kidney damage, slowed growth, hearing problems, behavior problems, attention problems, and aggressive behavior. The following products are some of those recalled for lead levels that exceed the federal government standard, and should be immediately removed from the child’s environment:
Cub Scouts Totem Badges
Kahoot Products is recalling 1.6 million Cub Scout Totem Badges badges because the surface paints on the badge exceed government standards for lead levels. The badges were sold from January 2000 through September 2007 in Boy Scouts of America retail outlets. The words “PROGRESS FOR RANKS” are printed on the badge. These badges were made in China. Consumers should contact Kahoot Products, Inc. to arrange for a replacement badge.
Winnie-the-Pooh Deluxe 23-Piece Play Set
49,000 sets distributed exclusively by J. C. Penney through their stores, catalog, and website from August 2005 through August 2007 are being recalled. The CPSC advises parents to take these items away from children immediately. The cost was $40 and consumers should return the items to any J. C. Penney store for a full refund. These products were made in China.
Deluxe Wood Art Sets
J. C. Penney is recalling about 19,000 Deluxe Wood Art Sets because the surface paint on the outside of the wooden box contain lead levels that exceed government standards. The sets include a wooden box with pull-out trays holding around 177 paints, brushes, and other art items. The art sets were sold in J. C. Penney catalogs and on the J.C. Penney website from September 2005 – August 2007 for $40. The CPSC recommends taking the items away from children immediately and returning the set to any J. C. Penney store for a full refund. This product was made in Taiwan and Vietnam.
Bendable Dinosaur Toys Used in School Promotions or Sold in Box of 36
Kipp Brothers is recalling around 10,000 bendable dinosaur toys that may have been used as give-away prizes by schools, churches, libraries, and community organizations. The 3-inch bendable dinosaurs come in brown, green, and orange/green colors. The product was made in China and sold in Kipp Brothers showrooms, catalogs, and website from October 2006 through September 2007. A box of 36 cost around $10. Consumers can take the product back to where they bought it for a free replacement toy.
Princess Magnetic Travel Art Set Lap Desks
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is recalling 7,800 art sets that include markers, crayons, and magnetic pieces in a pink travel case. A sticker is on the package that says “Made in China” with the numbers 266822 on the label. The surface paint on the zipper of the travel set case has lead levels above government standards. The travel art lap desks were sold at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores nationwide from April 2007 through August 2007 and cost around $20. Consumers should return the sets for a refund to any Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.
2006 Breyer Stirrup Ornament
J. C. Penney is recalling about 2,400 of these ornaments that have a blue and white horse encased in glass and the year 2006 stamped at the bottom. Surface paints on the ornament contain excessive amounts of lead. This product was made in China and was distributed in the J. C. Penney catalog and website fro $18 from August 2006 through August 2007. Consumers should not let children have access to the ornament and can return it to any J. C. Penney store for a full refund.
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