Children’s Sunglasses Recalled for Lead Paint Violations

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with StyleMark, Inc. of Ormond Beach, Florida, today jointly announced a voluntary recall of children’s “Main Street Drag” <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">sunglasses and warned consumers to stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

According tho the CPSC, approximately 144,000 of the children’s sunglasses were recalled due to the surface paint—located in the orange lettering on the temples of the sunglasses—containing excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.  No injuries have been reported, to date.  The recalled children’s sunglasses have Main Street Drag characters on the bottom of one lens.  The sunglass frames have either dark metallic blue or dark metallic red fronts and gray checkered sides.  The words, “Main Street Drag” are printed, in orange, at the temples.  Also, Style number DI25K7116 is printed on the left temple.  No other styles are included in this recall.  The children’s “Main Street Drag” sunglasses retailed for around $6.00 to $9.00 and were sold through Payless, Walgreen’s, Academy Sports, and CVS stores nationwide from October 2007 through March 2008 and were manufactured in China.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled sunglasses away from children and contact StyleMark for instructions on returning the sunglasses for a free replacement pair.  For additional information, contact StyleMark toll-free at (866) 928-1913 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.stylemark.net.

Many consider lead poisoning to be one of the most important chronic environmental illnesses affecting children today.  Exposure to lead in children and unborn children can cause brain and nervous system damage, behavioral and learning problems, slowed growth, hearing problems, headaches, mental and physical retardation, and behavioral and other health problems.  Lead is also known to cause cancer and reproductive harm and, in adults, lead can damage the nervous system.  Despite efforts to control lead and the success in decreasing lead poisoning, serious cases still occur.  Once poisoned, no organ system is immune.  Of particular concern is the developing brain because negative influences can have long-lasting effects and can continue well into puberty and beyond.

A major challenge with lead poisoning is the difficulty in recognizing its subtle symptoms and that no pathognomonic—or definitive—indicators exist or point to contamination.  When faced with peculiar symptoms that do not match any one particular disease, lead poisoning should be considered.  Children with lead poisoning may experience irritability, sleeplessness or excess lethargy, poor appetite, headaches, abdominal pain with or without vomiting—and generally without diarrhea—constipation, and changes in activity level.  A child with lead toxicity be iron deficient and pale because of anemia and can be either hyperactive or lethargic.  There may also be dental pointers, for instance, lead lines on gingival tissue.  In adults there may be motor problems and an increase in depressive disorders, aggressive behavior, and other maladaptive affective disorders as well as problems with sexual performance, impotence and infertility, as well as increased fetal wastage and sleep disorders, either.  They may be over sleeping or have difficulty falling asleep.

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