Lead Paint Prompts Body Board Recall

Body boards imported by JGR Copa LLC, of Hollywood, Fla. have been recalled due to violations of the federal <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/lead_paint_poisoning">lead paint standard. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), the recalled body boards should be taken away from children immediately.

This recall involves about 900 18” Kick Body Boards. The boards have various designs on the front including peace signs, white hibiscus, or yellow smiley face. A green lizard and “Big Lizard™ body boards” are printed on the underside in green. The boards were sold at Beachwear Outlet, Bargain Beachwear, Beach Village Inc., FJ Health & Beauty, Mor USA Inc., Shipwreck-Ocean Jewels, Walmart and Wilcor International Inc. from January 2009 through May 2009 for about $4.

According to the CPSC, the green surface coating of the screened logo “Big Lizard™ body boards” on the underside of the body board contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

The recalled body boards should be returned to their place of purchase, or consumers may contact JGR Copa for a full refund. For additional information, call JGR Copa at (800) 345-4408 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.jgrcopa.com.

Lead exposure 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 in children and unborn children. Even at very low levels, lead is harmful to children’s health and at elevated blood lead levels children experience neurological problems, anemia, lower IQ scores, and shortened attention spans. At elevated levels, children can suffer from comas, seizures, and death.

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