NJ Public Advocate warns of lead paint in children’s toys

State of New Jersey
Department Of The Public Advocate
240 West State St.
P.O. Box  851
Trenton, NJ 08625-0851
Phone: (609) 826-5090    Fax: (609) 984-4747

JON S. CORZINE
Governor

For Immediate Release:
December 18, 2009

RONALD K. CHEN
Public Advocate

Contact:
Laurie Brewer
609-826-5054

609-417-0038

NJ Public Advocate warns of lead paint in children’s toys

Advises parents/shoppers to avoid recalled products

TRENTON – With the holiday shopping season in full swing, New Jersey Public Advocate Ronald K. Chen is urging parents to avoid buying toys or other products that have been recalled by the Consumer Products Safety Commission because they contain dangerous lead-based paint.

The Department of the Public Advocate has compiled a list of all products recalled by the Consumer Products Safety Commission during 2009 for violations of the lead paint standard. Lead poisoning can cause serious permanent and irreversible health problems such as growth and behavior issues, decreased IQ, learning disabilities, and, in extreme cases, coma or death.

The recalled products include: toy cars; children’s sunglasses; lip gloss key chains; jewelry; construction play sets; a baby mobile; children’s flip flops; ice skates; a fishing kit; girls’ shoes; outdoor play equipment; plastic dinosaurs; a play monkey; surf toys; toy soldiers; children’s jewelry; and art supplies.

The list of recalled products can be found here.

“I urge anyone buying or receiving gifts this holiday season to review these recalled products to make sure your family remains safe,” said Chen, who has signed Model Lead-Safe City agreements with 13 municipalities that have pledged to aggressively tackle the state’s long-standing childhood lead poisoning problem.

For other product recalls, visit www.cpsc.gov.

Chen unveiled a report in April 2008 that showed that thousands of children in New Jersey are poisoned in their homes every year due to exposure to deteriorating lead-based paint. According to the report, the childhood lead poisoning problem was determined to be particularly acute in the state’s major cities. In response to the report, Governor Jon S. Corzine signed an executive order requiring state departments to tighten their lead poisoning prevention activities.

“Lead can be found in paint, soil, dust, jewelry, home remedies, and toys, just to name a few,” said Chen. “If you suspect your child has been exposed to a recalled product, contact your local health department or physician for a blood lead test.  A blood lead test is the only way to know if a child is lead poisoned.”

For more information on the Department’s work on preventing childhood lead poisoning and for educational resources please visit us at www.njpublicadvocate.gov.

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Products Recalled by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC)

due to violations of the lead paint standard

1. TDI International Recalls Toy Cars Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (January 13,

2009)

2. Children’s Sunglasses Recalled by Axiom Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

(January 15, 2009)

3. High School Musical Manicure Kits Recalled by Fantas-Eyes Due to Risk of Lead

Exposure (January 27, 2009)

4. Discount School Supply Recalls Jesus Fish Beads Due to Violation of Lead Paint

(January 27, 2009)

5. Lip Gloss Keychains Recalled By Markwins Beauty Products Due to Risk of Lead

Exposure (January 27, 2009)

6. Skull-And-Crossbones Necklaces Recalled By Spencer Gifts Due to Risk of Lead

Exposure (January 29, 2009)

7. DDI Inc. Recalls Toy Construction Play Sets Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

(January 29, 2009)

8. Golfer’s Billiard Games Recalled by Dick’s Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy Due to

Violation of Lead Paint Standard (February 10, 2009)

9. Various Toys Recalled by CBB Group Due to Choking Hazard and Violation of Lead

Paint Standard (February 25, 2009)

10. Children’s Flip Flops Recalled by Alpargatas Due to Violation of Lead in Paint Standard

(March 3, 2009)

11. Ice Skates Recalled by Pronto Sports Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (March 11,

2009)

12. Pure Fishing Recalls Children’s Fishing Games Due to Violation of Ban on Lead in Paint

(March 12, 2009)

13. Montessori N’ Such Recalls Metal Vases, Pails and Other Containers Due to Violation of

Lead Paint Standard (March 18, 2009)

14. Nordstrom Recalls Girl’s Shoes Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (March 17,

2009)

15. Educational Craft Kits Recalled by FloraCraft Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

(March 18, 2009)

16. Children’s Fishing Poles Recalled by Zebco Due to Violation of Lead in Paint Standard

(March 25, 2009)

17. SportsPlay Equipment Recalls Playgrounds Due to Violation of Lead Paint Ban (April

22, 2009)

18. Dinosaur Play Sets Recalled by DND Imports Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

(April 29, 2009)

19. Children’s Jewelry Craft Kits Recalled by Action Products International Due to Risk of

Lead Exposure (May 6, 2009)

20. Body Boards Recalled by JGR Copa Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (June 18,

2009)

21. American Greetings Corp. Recalls Sport Balls Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

(July 9, 2009)

22. Liquidation Outlet, Inc. Recalls Action Figure Toys Due to Violation of Lead Paint

Standard; Sold Exclusively at Dollar Stores (August 27, 2009)

23. Children’s Animal Masks and Pendants Recalled by Team Work Trading Due to Risk of

Lead Exposure (September 8, 2009)

24. Daiso Recalls Children’s Toys, Purses and Pen Cases Due to Violation of Lead Paint and

Phthalate Limits (October 6, 2009)

25. Children’s Art Easels Recalled by MacPherson’s Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

(November 5, 2009)

26. Team Work Trading Expands Recall of Children’s Metal Pendants Due to Risk of Lead

Exposure (November 25, 2009)

27. Toy Trucks Recalled by Variety Wholesalers Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

(December 10, 2009)

28. Timberland Recalls Children’s Boots Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (December

16, 2009)

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