Wooden Flipping Acrobat Toy Recall [US]


US FDA RecallUS/Washington: Minga Fair Trade Imports recalls some Wooden Flipping Acrobat Toys due to excessive levels of lead, a serious health hazard. CPSC: http://ht.ly/uUYkNWooden Flipping Acrobat Toy

Direct link: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Minga-Fair-Trade-Imports-Recalls-Wooden-Flipping-Acrobat-Toys/

Additional information:
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) reports this recall involves some Flipping Acrobat Toys that are made of painted wood and are 8.5 inches tall. The Acrobat Toys consist of two rectangular wooden sticks connected by a wood crosspiece near one end and a coyote, super hero, woodpecker or yellow bird wooden cartoon character suspended by nylon string at the other end. Please see photo above for an example of one Toy design.

According to the CPSC, the paint on the Wooden Flipping Acrobat Toys contains excessive levels of lead, which is prohibited under federal law.
About Lead Poisoning:
Lead is highly toxic and can enter the body through the digestive system or the lungs. It accumulates throughout the body and can damage nearly every one of the body’s systems, but is particularly toxic to the nervous system including the brain. Lead is especially dangerous to children even at low exposure levels and has also been clinically shown to have the potential to cause intellectual, behavioral and other problems in kids. Potential health effects associated with exposure to high levels of Lead in all ages include vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, coma and death.

Common sources of Lead include the following:

  • House paint before 1978. Even if the paint is not peeling, it can be a problem. Lead paint is very dangerous when it is being stripped or sanded. These actions release fine Lead dust into the air. Infants and children living in pre-1960s housing (when paint often contained Lead) have the highest risk of Lead poisoning. Small children often swallow paint chips or breathe dust from Lead-based paint.
  • Toys and furniture painted before 1976. After this date, paint was reformulated to remove Lead Painted toys and decorations made outside the US and Canada.
  • Lead bullets, fishing sinkers, curtain weights.
  • Old plumbing, pipes and faucets. Lead can be found in drinking water in homes containing pipes that were connected with Lead solder. Although new building codes require Lead-free solder, Lead can be still found in some modern faucets.
  • Soil contaminated by decades of car exhaust or years of house paint scrapings. Lead is more common in soil near highways and old houses.
  • Hobbies involving soldering, stained glass, jewelry making, pottery glazing, and miniature Lead figures (always look at labels to help determine risk).
  • Children’s paint sets and art supplies (again, always look at labels to help determine risk).
  • Pewter pitchers and dinnerware.
  • Storage batteries.

You can learn more about the harmful effects of Lead ingestion by visiting the National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) at http://ht.ly/nvU2k

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CPSC recall number: 14-136
Recalls Direct RIN: 3262-2014
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