Lead Poisoning/Choking Hazard Recall Round Up

There have been quite a few lead poisoning and choking hazard related recalls lately, so we thought we’d just round them up for you. Here they are:

Small World Toys Recalls Children’s Take-Apart Townhouse Toys; Detached Magnets Pose Aspiration and Intestinal Hazards
Small magnets used to connect the wooden pieces to the sides of the townhouse can fall out. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal. Units: About 8,800

Battat Inc. Recalls Parents

Magazine Toy Cell Phones for Choking Hazard
The metal pin inside the hinge of the cell phone flip-top can fall out, posing a choking hazard to young children. Units: About 300,000

Graco Children’s Products Recalls to Replace Soft Blocks Towers on Activity Centers Due to Choking Hazard
The plastic covering on the soft block towers can detach, posing a choking hazard to infants. Units: About 40,000

CPSC Warns About Worn Vinyl Baby Bibs
Some vinyl materials, including those used as the front or back of baby bibs, contain lead (Pb) compounds as part of their formulation. Acting on information provided by and in cooperation with the New York and Illinois Attorney Generals’ Offices, CPSC recently tested a wide range of bibs from various retailers nationwide.

Lead Poisoning Hazard Prompts Cardinal Distributing to Again Recall Children’s Rings
The rings contain high levels of lead. Units: About 200

Target Recalls Anima Bamboo Collection Games Due to Lead Poisoning Hazard
The toys in the bamboo game sets could contain lead paint, which is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects. Units: About 5,000

Oriental Trading Company Inc. Recalls Children’s Necklaces Due to Lead Hazard
The recalled children’s necklaces contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects. Units: About 132,000

Payless ShoeSource Recalls Children’s Clog Shoes Due to Choking Hazard
Plastic rivets used to attach the strap to the shoe can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. Units: About 690,000

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  1. oldhat says:

    Is this all crap from China?

    I want cheap crap, too, but I don’t want poisonous crap. We should have some sort of organization that regulates and keeps track of this stuff. And we’ll all pitch in money to fund it…oh wait, we do that already! Do your fucking jobs, you faceless government schmucks!

    And on a related xenophobic note, why would we EVER import food from China?!? If the US and North America in general (Mexico and Canada) cannot feed ourselves, we deserve to suffer and starve.

    That tasty fruit from Chile in the winter is an exception, though!

  2. mopar_man says:

    What the hell? Can’t parents keep an eye on their kids and prevent them from putting this stuff in their mouths?

  3. mopar_man says:

    Here is a Yahoo article about the bibs and Wal-Mart. My favourite part of the article:

    Mia Masten, a Chicago-based spokeswoman for Wal-Mart, said the vinyl portion of the bibs exceeded the lead levels set by Illinois for children’s products. She said the company had worked with the Illinois attorney general’s office to pull the items and later decided to expand the recall nationwide.

    Masten said about 60,000 of the bib bundles were sold in Illinois without any reported injuries.

    Masten said officials with the world’s largest retailer have been in contact with Hamco, but referred all questions about the products’ manufacturing to Hamco.

    Officials at Hamco, a subsidiary of Crown Crafts Inc. of Gonzales, La., said the company has no comment and referred questions to Wal-Mart.

    So if you actually have a question, it won’t get answered because you will keep going in circles. Sounds like a typical Wal-Mart recall (think back to the article about day staff at Wal-Mart removing recalled pet food while the night staff restocked it). I also like the part about deciding to expand the recall to be nationwide. How thoughtful of Wal-Mart.

  4. Youthier says:

    @mopar_man: Seriously. Are they going to recall the dime next? I remember my little brother swallowing a lot of those as a kid and almost choking.

  5. paco says:

    @mopar_man: Yes, but not every second of every day. Besides, every kid is different; some never put anything in their mouths; and some put anything and everything in their mouths.

  6. nffcnnr says:

    OMG!! My girlfriend wears those clogs, and i haven’t heard from her all day! i hope she’s okay.

  7. Squegie says:

    Back in my day, we made necklaces out of pipe cleaners and banged our heads off of the wood stove. Electrical outlets were designed for putting our match-box cars into (not be covered by plastic), and cabinets were meant to be opened (how else can you get to the box of green candy pellets?).

    Honestly, I don’t know how anyone in my generation or before survived childhood.

  8. Squegie says:

    @nffcnnr:

    Dont’ worry.. she’s safe here with me. The shoes are under my bed.