Recall for Moms

Product Recall Information for Moms


U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

July 7, 2009
Release # 09-264
CPSC Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Nine Companies Penalized for Selling Children's Products that Violated the Federal Lead Paint Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that nine children's product manufacturers, importers and sellers have agreed to pay more than $500,000 in civil penalties for violating the federal lead paint ban.

The penalties settle allegations that the firms knowingly manufactured, imported, or sold toys and other children's articles with paint or other surface coatings that contained lead levels in violation of federal law. The settlements have been provisionally accepted by the Commission.

These products were recalled in 2007 and 2008, and include items such as toys, children's metal jewelry, children's pens, metal water bottles, pencil pouches, sunglasses and children's Halloween pails and baskets. Tests showed that paint or surface coatings on these children's products contained lead in excess of 600 ppm, or 0.06 percent, by weight. One firm's testing revealed that its products contained surface coatings with nearly 60 percent lead. In 1978, a federal ban was put in place which prohibited toys and other children's articles from having more than 0.06 percent lead (by weight) in paints or surface coatings. Lead can be toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health consequences.

CPSC has ordered the following firms to pay civil penalties to the federal government:

In agreeing to settle the matters, the firms deny CPSC's allegations that they knowingly violated the law.

Picture of Recalled Children's Sportswear Necklaces
Cardinal Distributing Co. Inc. Jewelry

Picture of Recalled Toy Car
Dollar General Toy Cars

Picture of Recalled Purple Halloween Pail with Witch Decorations
Family Dollar Halloween Pails

Picture of Recalled Halloween-Themed Basket
Hobby Lobby Halloween Baskets

Picture of Recalled Wooden Pull-Along Learning Blocks Wagon
First Learning Co. Ltd. Blocks Wagon

Picture of Recalled Seasonal Writing Pens
Michael's Stores Writing Pens

Picture of Recalled Children's Groovy Grabber Bracelets
A&A Global Industries Children's Bracelets

Picture of Recalled Children’s Pencil Pouches
Raymond Geddes Children's Pencil Pouches

Picture of Recalled Water Bottles
Downeast Concepts Metal Water Bottles

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