Thursday, August 2, 2007

Toy Recall--Lead Paint Hazard

Today's news includes another recall of dangerous products from China. Now, Fisher Price and Mattel, Inc. are recalling lead paint-covered toys. This is a major hazard for young kids; getting the word out is very important.

There are few things worse than injuries to young children. The worst is with toddlers. At the stage where they just begin to move around, the world is bright and filled with promise. But it's also filled with dangers.

Lead paint can destroy children's lives. When it is ingested, the lead can lodge in the body for years. Lead from lead paint is a well-known cause of childhood brain damage.

Toddlers are especially at risk because everything goes into their mouths. When your child or grandchild bites on lead paint covered surfaces, the paint breaks down and enters the child's blood. Lead paint on toys has been recognized as a health hazard for decades. Toy manufacturers and distributors know that their products should never have lead paint in them, so you have to wonder how these toys got out into the world. Regardless, the danger is very real, and getting tots away from dangerous toys is an important way to protect them from harm.

According to early news reports, the recall covers 83 models of plastic dolls, including Elmo, Big Bird, Dora and Diego characters. Here is a link to a Mattel website for more information:

Let's hope that word is out quick enough and wide enough to prevent injuries to children. Paul & Sugerman encourages you to circulate this entry to families with young children because there is nothing worse than an injured kid.

David F. Sugerman
Paul & Sugerman, PC

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