Kids’ Masks, Pendants Recalled for Lead Risk

About 1,400 Children’s Animal Masks and Pendants have been <"">recalled by Team Work Trading, of Los Angeles, California, due to risk of lead exposure, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The recalled Children’s Animal Masks and Pendants contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects such as cancer, reproductive harm, mental and physical retardation, and behavioral and other health problems in children. In adults, lead can damage the nervous system. Recent studies indicate that no level of lead is safe.

This recall involves a children’s animal mask and four styles of metal pendants. The mask resembles the face of a cat. The pendants have various animated symbols including a dog tag with fire symbol (Bleach), knife and lion symbol (Final Fantasy), Mickey Mouse symbol (Kingdom of Hearts), and a burning sun symbol (Naruto). The pendants were sold with silver-colored chains at gift shops and modeling stores nationwide, and from the Team Work Trading store from November 2008 through March 2009 for between. The recalled Children’s Animal Masks and Pendants sold for between $4 and $8.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled items and contact Team Work Trading for a refund or exchange. Team Work Trading can be reached collect at 1-213-680-4489, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time (PT), Monday through Friday.

The recalled Children’s Animal Masks and Pendants were manufactured in China. We have long been writing about the myriad problems associated with imports entering the United States from China. In recent years, imports from China have been at the center of safety worries in the United States and other countries and have impacted everything from medications, to children’s toys, to consumer products, such as this recall involving Children’s Animal Masks and Pendants.

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