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Another Children's Product Recalled Over Excessive Lead Levels

Aug 13, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP Another defective children’s product that was manufactured in China has been recalled because of excessive lead level.  In cooperation with the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), Chelsea & Scott Limited of Lake Bluff, Illinois are recalling about 600 Sun Smarties™ Children’s Board Skirts.  The paint on the grommets of the skirts contains an excess level of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard. The skirts have six grommets:  Four on the front of the waistband and two on the back pocket.

Sun Smarties™ Board Skirts are peach microfiber with an embroidered flower accent and a back pocket. Item number 13926 HIBI is printed on the care label inside the back of the waistband. The skirts were sold in girl’s sizes 12 months to 4T.  Sun Smarties™ Board Skirts were sold exclusively through the Website from May 1, 2008 through May 9, 2008 and retailed for about $15.

Consumers are advised to immediately take these skirts away from young children and return them to Chelsea & Scott Ltd. to receive a replacement skirt or refund.  Consumers will be sent a postage paid envelope from Chelsea & Scott Ltd.  For additional information, Chelsea & Scott Ltd. can be reached toll-free at (866) 271-4536 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s Website at Consumers can also email the firm at

Many consider lead poisoning 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 and, in adults, lead can damage the nervous system.  Despite efforts to control lead and the success in decreasing lead poisoning, serious cases still occur.  Once poisoned, 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.

A major challenge with lead poisoning is the difficulty in recognizing its subtle symptoms and that no pathognomonic—or definitive—indicators exist or point to contamination.  When faced with peculiar symptoms that do not match any one particular disease, lead poisoning should be considered.  Children with lead poisoning may experience irritability, sleeplessness or excess lethargy, poor appetite, headaches, abdominal pain with or without vomiting—and generally without diarrhea—constipation, and changes in activity level.  A child with lead toxicity be iron deficient and pale because of anemia and can be either hyperactive or lethargic.  There may also be dental pointers, for instance, lead lines on gingival tissue.  In adults there may be motor problems and an increase in depressive disorders, aggressive behavior, and other maladaptive affective disorders as well as problems with sexual performance, impotence and infertility.  An increase in fecal wastage and sleep disorders may also be present as can be over sleeping or difficulty in falling asleep.

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