Fisher-Price Pulls Another Lead-Tainted Product In Illinois Only

Consumer Reports says that Fisher-Price has finished testing another toy blood pressure cuff and have found that it exceeds the Illinois lead limit for toys.

From Consumer Reports:

You may recall that the state’s action with the first blood pressure cuff was prompted by Consumer Reports’ December investigation “New worries over lead” in which we reported finding high lead levels when we tested samples of the red Fisher-Price toy blood pressure cuff, among other items. Our findings prompted Madigan’s office to begin an independent investigation that led to Fisher-Price’s decision to pull the product out of the state’s stores. The reason: Illinois bans the sale of toys, clothing, jewelry or other children’s products that contain lead in excess of 600 parts per million. It is one of the strongest lead laws in the country and more stringent than federal regulations, which place limits on only paint and surface coatings. There are no federal limits on lead in plastics such as PVC.

The current action with the green cuffs was initiated by Fisher-Price, which tested the product and then reported it to Illinois. Fisher-Price spokeswoman Juliette Reashor explained: “Through research, we identified a similar instance with the green cuff, which revealed levels of lead that, though fully compliant with all federal and international standards, exceeded the Illinois statute. We proactively reached out to the State of Illinois to inform them of our findings.”

“I am pleased that Fisher-Price took the initiative to test its products, self-report a violation, quickly remove the affected blood pressure cuffs from store shelves, and offer replacements to consumers,” Madigan said. “I continue to urge manufacturers and retailers to review and tighten up their quality control procedures so consumers can be confident that the items on store shelves are safe for their children.”

Previously, Fisher-Price’s spokesperson had made a statement informing consumers that only red blood pressure cuffs were “affected,” because the other colored cuffs were made from different materials.

Fisher-Price pulls second lead-tainted blood-pressure cuff off shelves in Illinois [Consumer Reports]

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  1. Buran says:

    From where I am in MO I can almost see into IL.

    F-P thinks this toy is safe for me.

    If I drive east 50 miles, they don’t.

    I’m not feeling warm and friendly toward F-P right now.

  2. Buran says:

    @Buran: Well, more like 5 miles.

  3. AlisonAshleigh says:

    …toy blood pressure cuff?

  4. num1skeptic says:

    @AlisonAshleigh: thats what i said.

  5. num1skeptic says:

    what ever happend to kung-fu grip, or ak-47 or rocket launcher?

  6. The Stork says:

    Yet another reason why Lisa Madigan will be the next governor of Illinois.

  7. scoobydoo says:

    Damn Fisher Price.

    When they recalled the red one I just KNEW the green one would be bad as well. I took it away a month ago. Turns out I was right. Stupid toy company.

  8. goodkitty says:

    There should be a companion toy to this one: a little lead-covered whiteboard with marker called “Baby’s First Health Insurance Claim”. It comes with a small rubber ‘DENIED’ stamp with Elmo’s head on top. The Elmo head detaches to create a choking hazard as an added bonus.