Wooden Block Recall

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Wooden blocks have always been one of my favourite toys. I even have a spare set in case a grandchild comes for a visit.

Unfortunately, one type of wooden block is being recalled, and not for the obvious reason of having too much lead in the paint on the surface. This one had too much barium in the paint.

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Wireless Helicopter Recall

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A relative’s son received a wireless helicopter last Christmas. The little boy in me was very impressed by this flying gadget. Unfortunately, some of them are not safe.

Product Name: “Sky Scrambler” Wireless Indoor Helicopter

Full Product Description: The “Sky Scrambler” toy helicopters have yellow, red or blue decals; product # 1610865; UPC # 694202303351; BH26047 is printed on the helicopter tail.

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Wooden Toys Recalled

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Wooden Toys Recalled by Earthentree Due To Choking and Strangulation Hazards.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

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Recall of Hooded Sweatshirts

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Girls’ Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Liberty Apparel Due to Strangulation Hazard

Jewel brand girls’ hooded sweatshirts, about 12,000 of them sold in U.S., have a drawstring through the hood, which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (pdf) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist by drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts.

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The Recalls Just Keep Coming

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A recent example of a recall involving paint and China.

Name of Product: Curious George Plush Dolls

Units: About 175,000

Manufacturer: Marvel Toys, of New York, N.Y.

Hazard: Surface paint on the toy’s plastic face and construction hat contain excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard.

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More Recalls of Chinese Made Products

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Another children’s product made in China has been added to the growing list of recalls over concerns about lead, making it the fourth such recall in less than one month.

Health Canada has recalled Favor Set children’s pencils because the coating contains high amounts of lead, just two days after another children’s product was recalled due to similar concerns.

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Car Seat Recalls

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As of late August 2007 some brands of car seats are the subject of a recall. Cosco, Eddie Bauer and Safety 1st car seats have a strap that can loosen which could lead to a child being injured if there’s a car accident. Dorel Juvenile Group which makes the seats will provide a replacement strap.

For more on the recall, and models involved, please go to the Dorel website and scroll to the bottom of the page for the link.

Lead

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I was shocked to find out that children’s products with lead in them are still managing to enter the United States and showing up on store shelves. Here is a recent advisory from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.


Name of product: Children’s “Groovy Grabber” Bracelets

Units: About 4 million

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