Bike Bells Recalled for Violating Lead Paint Standard

Do It Best has recalled bicycle bells due to violation of the <"">lead paint standard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

Botou Baite Bike Bell Co. Ltd., of Botou City, China manufactured the recalled Bicycle Bells; Do It Best Corp., of Fort Wayne, Indiana was the distributor. Of note, China is a country long associated with recalls of dangerous consumer and children’s products, food items, and medications, to name a few.

The red paint on the bicycle bells contains excessive lead levels, violating the federal lead paint standard.

We have long been writing about the dangers of lead exposure on the general population and, most especially to children. Lead poisoning is considered the greatest environmental health threat to children under the age of six, a very serious issue given that these children face the greatest risks since their growing bodies absorb lead easier than adult bodies.

A known neurotoxin, lead exposure can cause brain and nervous system damage in children and fetuses, behavioral and learning problems, slowed growth, hearing problems, headaches, mental and physical retardation, and behavioral and other health problems. Of particular concern is the developing brain because negative influences can have long-lasting effects and can continue well into puberty and beyond.

Lead is known to cause cancer and reproductive harm and, in adults, can damage the nervous system. In high doses, lead poisoning can cause seizure, coma, and death. Once poisoned by lead, no organ system is immune; experts agree that there is no safe level of lead.

Although no incidents or injuries have been reported, to date, it is important to bear in mind that the effects of lead exposure do not always immediately present themselves.

This recall involves children’s bicycle bells. The bells are red, black and white and have “I ♥ My Bike” printed on the top. The green and white packaging reads “bike bell” and “$1.” The recalled Bicycle Bells were sold at Dollar Stores and Do It Best Hardware stores nationwide from August 2008 through August 2009 for about $1.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately remove the Bicycle Bells and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. Do It Best Hardware can be reached toll-free at 1-877-326-8954 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s Web site at Consumers can also email the firm at

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