I find myself reporting for the third time this week about lead in children’s products. Despite having to pay hefty fines, retailers like Target continue to import lead-laden items. WalletPop reported earlier this month that Target, Walmart, Sears and Macy’s had all been busted for selling purses, belts and shoes meant for adults with high levels of lead in them. Items sold to adults are not currently regulated for lead the way children’s products are, however, maximum lead levels will be implemented for purses and other accessories by the end of this year. (Do we have to go through consumer items one by one to say they can’t contain lead? Shouldn’t all products be made to contain less than 300 ppm of lead?)
The Associated Press announced today that the children’s belts recalled for lead levels (pictured) were manufactured in China and sold at Target stores nationwide, “as well as on Target’s website, between December 2008 and December 2009. For more information, call 800-440-0680 or visit http://www.cpsc.gov.
Infant Carriers and onesies were also recalled this week. The CYBEX 2.GO infant carrier, distributed by Regal Lager Inc. (also manufactured in China) was sold at baby furniture and baby product stores around the country, as well as online, between August 2009 and April 2010. The item is being recalled because of three reports of a broken buckle on the carrier. Thankfully there have been no falls as a result. Call 866-678-8940 or visit http://www.regallager.com/recalls.
Infant onesies and rompers sold by Holtrop & McIndoo LLC, aka Kiwi Industries, are being recalled because of detachable snaps that are a choking hazard. They were sold at specialty stores for children around the country between March 2010 and May 2010. Call 877-509-4891 or visit http://www.kiwiindustries.com.
Photo: Consumer Product Safety Commission