Lead in Toys Makes Recall List Grow

More Than Half a Million Products Recalled Because of Lead

Medically Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD on October 05, 2007
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Oct. 5, 2007 -- The list of toys and other products recalled due to lead has lengthened again.

More than half a million toys and other products made in China joined the lead recall list yesterday.

Lead poisoning can permanently damage children's brains, but it typically doesn't happen overnight.

No injuries have been reported in connection with the latest recalls. But people should stop using the recalled products immediately and take them away from kids, states the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Latest Lead Recalls

Here is the list of the toys and other products recalled yesterday because of lead:

  • Certain wooden toys from KB Toys. Because of lead paint, KB is recalling about 10,000 of its Wooden Pull-Along Alphabet & Math Blocks Wagons, Wooden Pull-Along Learning Blocks Wagons, 10-in-1 Activity Learning Carts, and Flip-Flop Alphabet Blocks. Return them to any KB Toys store for a full refund.
  • Certain Baby Einstein color blocks from Kids II Inc. Because of lead paint, this recall includes about 35,000 products. Specifically, the recall involves the blue block included with the Baby Einstein Discover & Play Color Blocks (Model 30726 and Model 30881). The blocks are made of soft textures and come in different colors. Only date codes of GE7, GF7, and GG7 are included in this recall. The model number and date code are printed on the labels affixed to the green-colored block. Call Kids II toll-free at (866) 203-6788 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to receive a free replacement of the affected block.
  • Eveready "Pirates of the Caribbean" toy flashlights. Eveready Battery Co. is recalling about 79,000 of its "Pirates of the Caribbean" medallion squeeze lights, which are gold-colored. The toy flashlight is attached to a leather strap and metal clasp. The recall is due to lead paint on the surface of the leather strap. Contact Eveready for a voucher for another Energizer-brand product. Call Eveready at (800) 925-0628 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Central time Monday through Friday.
  • Frankenstein tumblers sold at Dollar General stores. This recall includes about 63,000 plastic tumblers that are green and shaped like Frankenstein's head. Surface paint on the center of the eyes of some of the cups can contain high levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard. Return them to the Dollar General store where they were purchased for a refund or replacement.
  • Children's Toy Decorating Sets sold at Toys "R" Us. The recall of about 15,000 children's decorating sets manufactured by CKI Toys of Hong Kong is due to lead paint on the back of the mirror in the "Totally Me! Funky Room Décor Sets." Return them to a Toys "R" Us store for store credit.
  • Certain key chains sold at Dollar General stores. This recall includes about 192,000 key chains with a coiled cord and a metal charm with one of the following engraved words: "wisdom", "truth", "believe", "love", "hope", or "dream." The key chains were sold on a cardboard tab with floral designs and the words "Metal Keyring" and "$1" on the front. Return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund or replacement product.
  • Certain aluminum water bottles sold at Sports Authority stores. This recall includes about 11,200 Alpine Design Aluminum Water Bottles due to lead paint on the water bottles. Return them to a Sports Authority store for a full refund.
  • Certain bookmarks and journals from Antioch Publishing. This recall includes about 150,000 bookmarks and journals from Antioch Publishing's Signature Collection. The character-themed bookmarks and journals include the following designs:
  1. Clip Bookmarks: Winnie the Pooh, Lady Bug & Flower, Hope & Courage, Star, Sun & Rainbow, Sun & Moon, Coffee, Follow Him & Cross, Monkey & Bananas
  2. Marquis Bookmarks: Dragon, Hugging Cat
  3. Bookmarks Sold with Bracelets: Mother's Touch, Breast Cancer
  4. Journals: Cherry Blossoms, Sweetheart, Sassy

Contact Antioch Publishing at (800) 543-1515 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday for a refund.


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SOURCES: News release, Consumer Product Safety Commission. WebMD Medical News: "Lead Poisoning and Kids."

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