New Results Show Lead Paint Contaminated Toys Still on Shelves

A Michigan-based Ecology Center released results showing that even more toys were found to be contaminated and currently still on shelves.

Tests were done on more than 1,200 children’s products and 35 percent were found containing lead with levels above the federal recall standard. Popular toys such as the Hannah Montana card game and a Go Diego Go! backpack were found to have excessive lead levels. Of the items recently tested, only 23 were recalled earlier this year.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission stated that once they verify the results found in the Ecology Center’s tests, they would initiate recalls if necessary.

Since 2007, there have been 61 recalls with 19 involving lead-paint violations.

The following links provide more information on the safety of children’s products:

– The Consumer Action Guide to Toxic Chemicals in Toys: www.healthytoys.org
– Toy Industry Association: www.toyassociation.org
– List of recalled toys available at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
www.cpsc.gov

A hotline has also been established to provide consumers with information at 888-88-4TOYS.

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