Tables and Chests Recalled for Lead Paint Violations

Hammary Furniture is recalling about 7,000 of its Decorative Wood Chests and Tables for violation of the <"">lead paint standard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The Decorative Wood Chests and Tables were manufactured in the Philippines, China, and Vietnam and were imported by the Hammary Furniture Co., of Lenoir, North Carolina. The recalled items were sold at major department stores and furniture retail stores from November 2001 through November 2009 for between $200 and $900.

The surface coating paint on the furniture could contain excessive levels of lead in violation of the federal lead paint standard. To date, no incidents or injuries were reported; however, of note, the effects of lead exposure and lead poisoning are not always immediately identifiable.

This recall includes several styles of decorative wooden chests and tables. The model number, style and average price is listed below:

• Vincent Rattan Entertainment Center, model T71037-00, $700
• World Map Drum Table, model T71274-00, $720
• Oval Game Cocktail Table, model T71522-00, $900
• Roulette Accent Table, model T71946-00, $640
• Console Table, model T72345-00, $880
• Entertainment Console, model, T72706-00, $900
• Bachelor’s Chest, model T72858-00, $800
• Bar Cabinet, model T73064-00, $700
• Accent Table, model T73069-00, $500
• CD Storage, model T73070-00, $360
• Old Western Rifle Accent Table, model T73112-00, $500
• Box on Stand, model T-73174-00, $280
• Round Accent Table, model T73175-00, $200
• Nest of Tables, T73229-22, $460
• Bombe Chest, model T73292-00, $700
• Octagonal Drum Table Brown, model T73293-00, $240
• Octagonal Drum Table, model T73294-00, $240
• Black Bedside Chest, model T73319-00, $260
• Door Chest, model T-73346-00, $900

Furniture manufactured since April 2009 will have a label that specifies the date of manufacture, the item number, the country of origin, a product description, and the name “Hammary Furniture.” This label is located on the unfinished back of the item or, if the back is finished, on the underside. Products manufactured earlier than April 2009 will not have any identifiable markings. The firm’s Web site contains photos of all furniture items included in this recall.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled furniture, keep young children away from the furniture, and contact Hammary to receive a free replacement. Hammary can be reached toll-free at (888) 577-4098 anytime or at the firm’s Web site at

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.

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