Lead in Children’s Tiaras Prompts Recall

Wilton Industries Inc. of Woodridge, Illinois has recalled about 7,300 Children’s Tiaras due to lead exposure hazard, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The tiara contains <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">high levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects. To date no incidents or injuries have been reported; however, the effects of lead exposure are not always immediately obvious.

A known neurotoxin, lead exposure can cause brain and nervous system damage in children and fetuses. The toxin also causes 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.

This recall involves the Wilton® Youth Tiara with a SKU number of 120-228. The SKU number is located on the back of the package in the lower right corner. The tiara is silver-colored with clear crystals.

The recalled Children’s Tiaras, which were manufactured in China, were sold at Party City, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Ben Franklin Stores, Amazon.com, and other retailers nationwide from June 2009 through April 2010 for about $13

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately take the recalled tiaras away from children and contact Wilton Industries for a full refund. Wilton Industries can be reached, toll-free at (800) 593-7866 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Central Time (CT), Monday through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. (CT) Fridays. Wilton Industries can also be reached at the firm’s Website at www.wilton.com

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