The United States government has recently seen an increase in the number of reports of toys containing toxic levels of lead paint; subsequently, many toys have been recalled due to lead paint. Now there are new concerns about products containing the toxic paint. New efforts by health and safety officials are looking at potential lead hazards in imported ceramic dishes and cookware made in China and Mexico, as well as lead in lunchboxes and vinyl baby bibs.
In addition to the huge toy recall by Mattel and Fisher Price, which prompted China to ban lead paint in the production of toys, there have been numerous smaller toy recalls due to violations of lead safety standards from products made in China. Here are a few of the more recent recalls:
TOBY N.Y.C. Metal Jewelry Recall
Children’s Spinning Wheel-Metal Necklaces Recalled By Rhode Island Novelty
Guidecraft Inc. Recalls Children’s Puppet Theaters
Children’s Toy Rakes Sold Exclusively at Jo-Ann Fabric
RC2 Recalls Knights of the Sword Toys
Target Recalls Children’s Toy Gardening Tools and Chairs
RC2 Recalls Additional Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Toys
(Read about the original Thomas The Train Recall Here)
This growing concern over lead in household products comes after several recent recalls involving children’s toys that were made in China. Lead is a huge concern because of its potential to cause serious health problems, especially in children. If ingested, lead can cause learning disabilities, behavioral problems, growth retardation, hearing problems, and more. In adults, lead poisoning can cause abdominal pain, reproductive problems, high blood pressure and heart and kidney failure.
Despite the millions of toys being recalled, the greatest lead hazard in the home probably still comes from peeling or chipping lead paint. Home owners are supposed to be notified of the existence of lead paint prior to purchasing a home in many states.
If you or a loved one has suffered from lead poisoning in Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, or anywhere in Manhattan, please contact the Lead Poisoning Attorneys at Silberstein, Awad & Miklos today to schedule your initial consultation, or you can fill out the contact form on the left to contact a product liability attorney in your area today.