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Over Half A Million Toys Are Recalled In April Due To Lead Paint, Magnet, and Choking Hazard Concerns

Excessive levels of lead and choking/swallowing hazards associated with small toy parts and magnetic pieces were the reasons cited for the toy recalls in April. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and several toy manufacturers announced the recall of more than 500,000 toys this month, beginning April 3 with StyleMark Inc.’s recall of 144,000 Children’s ‘Main Street Drag’ Sunglasses because of too much lead in the glasses’ orange lettering.
Violations of federal lead paint standards was also the reason cited for OKK Trading’s recall of 2,000 Interchange Robot Toys,the FUNTASTIC recall of 26,000 Hillbilly Teeth, and Santa’s Toy Corp.’s recall of approximately 9,000 Western Rider Push Toys. Yesterday, Nintendo recalled 71,000 character-themed lapel pins because they contained high levels of lead.

The toys with small parts that are potential choking hazards included 16,400 Imaginarium Multi-Sided Activity Centers and Jungle Activity Centers (sold only in the US at Toys “R” Us stores), 17,000 Dalmatian Press’s Little Builder Children’s Board Book Sets with Toys, and about 300,000 Cuddly Cousins Plush Insect Toys from Dollar Tree Stores Inc.
Henry Gordy International Inc recalled approximately 87,000 Fun ‘N Games Magnetic Dart Boards over worries that kids might swallow the detachable small magnets at the ends of the darts.
All of these toys were made in China.

Last year’s massive wave of toy recalls continue to make defective toys a huge issue of concern for parents, as well as federal and state regulators. In March, the U.S. Senate passed legislation for tougher inspections of toys and other kids’ products that are manufactured abroad. The House of Representatives also passed its own version of the legislation in December. While the Bush Administration has expressed some concerns, President Bush has not threatened a veto.
Our toy products liability law firm represents the families of children that have been seriously injured or killed because of a defective or dangerous toy. Our defective products lawyers represent injury clients throughout the United States.
Senate passes foreign-made toy safety bill, MSNBC.com, March 6, 2008
Related Web Resources:
2008 Product Recall Guide, Parents.com
Recalls, Recalls.gov

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