February 2010 Children’s Toys Recalls Make Headlines

March 1st, 2010 - 7:08 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
toysWashington, Mar 1, (THAINDIAN NEWS) February was a month of toys recall in various parts of the USA. Companies like Playmates Toys voluntarily recalled a huge number of kid’s toys for various reasons. This news was confirmed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission itself. Incidentally, Playmates Toys decided to recall the ranges of toy jewelry sets as those sets contained lead levels that could prove to be hazardous for the children. The Tiny Tink and Friends jewelry sets have a cylindrical metal connector that reportedly contains lead levels that cross the permissible limit. However, the toys with plastic tabs are safe to use and hence they have not been recalled.

As per the latest reports, the jewelry sets were made in China and they were sold in the USA from 2008 to 2009. They were priced below $10 which ensured they got a lot of buyers in the USA. Now, the consumers of there products are being advised to dispose the toys. Those who want a replacement can get in touch with Playmates. In a similar move, a number of children’s greeting cards made by Papyrus have been recalled.

These cards contain wooden bracelets that have been painted with colors containing high amount of lead and hence do not meet federal compliance rules. In both the recall cases, no person has been injured so far.

The incidents of recalls witnessed in the last month makes people wonder whether the companies adhere to the consumer safety rules in general while manufacturing the products. Usage of toxic materials in baby products should be considered a grave offense, according to some users.

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