Category Archives: lead

Lead Paint, Button Batteries, and More: 5 Recent Recalls for Poisoning Hazards

This year, National Poison Prevention Week falls on the week of March 19-25. In order to draw attention to common poisoning hazards, we’ve put together a list of a few recent recalls that highlight the dangers of lead, button batteries, and more. To keep up with recalls in real time, follow KID on social media (Facebook, Twitter) and sign up for our monthly alerts. These 5 products, and others, have recently been recalled for poisoning hazards: ... Read more
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KID releases report on 2012 children’s product recalls

As we have done every year since 2002, today KID released our report on children’s product recalls from the past year.  In 2012, the number of children’s product recalls continued to decline to 97, the lowest number since 2004.   But while the number declined, let’s put it in perspective.  Most parents say they hear about recalls once or twice a month at the most – but in fact, in 2012, a children’s product was recalled every three ... Read more
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WARNING: Please Do Not Allow Young Children to Play With Cheap Metal Jewelry

CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum recently released a statement urging parents, grandparents, and caregivers to prevent young children from wearing or playing with cheap metal jewelry. Children's jewelry has been repeatedly found to contain lead, cadmium and or other dangerous heavy metals. An AP story alerted us all that cadmium is turning up more often in children's jewelry since the CPSIA banned the use of lead in children's products. Tenenbaum warned ... Read more
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CPSC extends stay for testing for lead in children’s products

Last week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted to lift the stay on testing requirements for some products, including rattles, bike helmets and bunk beds when it expires on February 10, 2010, but will continue the stay for another year on most children's products for third party testing for lead. CPSC also voted to allow an interim enforcement policy that allows component testing for lead, giving some relief to small batch manufacturers. ... Read more
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National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

On October 6th the U.S. Senate unanimously designated this week, October 18-24, 2009, as National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.Lead paint is one of the most common, yet preventable threats to our children. Exposure can cause severe physiological and cognitive defects. Every year dozens of toys are recalled for exceeding permitted levels of lead paint. It's estimated that 240,000 children under the age of 6 in the U.S. have harmful ... Read more
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Mattel, Fisher-Price finally to pay fine for violating lead paint ban

CPSC announced today that Mattel and its subsidiary Fisher Price will pay $2.3 million in fines for violating the federal lead paint ban. Almost 30 years after the ban was put in place, these two companies had to recall at least 95 different toys that were tainted with lead and imported into the United States. Many of these millions of toys are still in homes and child care facilities today. You can search recalls for company, product type or hazard ... Read more
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When shopping, probably best to avoid metal jewelry

Over the past few years millions of rings, necklaces and other jewelry have been recalled because of lead content or paint. Yet a recent study by the Center for Environmental Health finds that much of that still on the shelves is still tainted with lead.New regulations to limit lead content in children's products, including jewelry, goes into effect in February. At that time, manufacturers will have to certify that the product has been tested by ... Read more
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Mattel settles case with 39 state AG’s on lead in toys

A settlement was announced today between Mattel and its subsidiary Fisher Price and 39 state attorneys general on toys tainted with lead. Mattel will pay the states $12 million, reduce the lead paint in their products immediately to the federal level of 90 ppm that will be effective next August and spend additional funds on lead testing and notification of consumers. California had reached an agreement with Mattel and other manufacturers earlier ... Read more
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