This year’s toy recalls for excessive lead and other hazards are down, but consumer advocates warn that potential dangers to children remain on store shelves. In the last few months U.S. Public Interest Research Group went into major retail and discount stores and found several toys with high lead levels and several toys that could cause young children to choke. Lead is still widely used in other countries and therefore can be found on imported toys. Lead may also be found on toys made in the United States before the ban in 1978.
Even though a 2008 law placing strict limits on lead was passed making toys safer for children, there are some toys slipping through the cracks. Lead can cause harm to children and adults if consumed. Lead is a very strong poison. When a person swallows a lead object or breathes in lead dust, some of the poison can stay in the body and cause serious health problems.
What are the Symptoms of Lead Poisoning?
Lead poisoning symptoms in children:
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Sluggishness and fatigue
- Abdominal pain
- Learning difficulties
Painted toys made outside the U.S. have a higher chance of containing lead so it’s important to look at labels and buy American made products.
If you or your child has experienced lead problems or choking due to a toy, please contact us today.
What Children’s Toys and Products have been recalled recently?
For a list of children’s toys that have been recalled please click HERE. The list is constantly updated.