Toy Action Figures Recalled for Lead Paint

About 8,400 toy action figures that violate the federal <"">lead paint standard are being recalled today by Liquidation Outlet, Inc., of Lakewood, Wash. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), the products involved in this recall include Force Soldier Playsets, Pirate Expeditions with Parrot, and Pirate Expeditions with Treasure.

Consumers should take the recalled products away from young children immediately and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or exchange for another toy. For additional information, contact Liquidation Outlet, Inc. toll-free at (877) 257-5990 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or email, or visit one of the Dollar Stores in person.

The Force Soldier playsets comes in a plastic bag with SKU number 70134 printed on the header card. The soldiers (two per bag) are 5” in height and come with an airplane, machine guns and a tropical tree. The Pirate Expeditions come in a blister packs in two styles with the SKU number 70136 printed on the header cards. Pirate Expedition figures are 6.5” in height and have assorted accessories including a parrot or a treasure chest. The recalled toys were sold in Dollar Stores in Washington and Oregon States from September 2007 through July 2009 for $1.

The CPSC is warning consumers that the recalled action figure toys have surface paints which contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Lead poisoning is considered by many experts 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.

Once poisoned by lead, 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.

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