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Dinosaur Play Sets Recalled for Violation of Lead Paint Standard

Apr 30, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP

About 50 “Dinosaur Era 2 Hunting Dinosaur” play sets imported by DND Imports of Los Angeles, California, are being recalled for violation of the lead paint standard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced. The recalled “Dinosaur Era 2 Hunting Dinosaur” play sets were manufactured in China.

The surface paint on the recalled “Dinosaur Era 2 Hunting Dinosaur” play sets’ monkey figure contains excessive levels of lead. Each “Dinosaur Era 2 Hunting Dinosaur” play set contains a dinosaur, a helicopter, trees, a hunter, a monkey, and various hunting equipment. The “Dinosaur Era 2 Hunting Dinosaur” play sets sold for about $7 and were sold at DND Trading in Los Angeles throughout December 2008.

The CPSC is advising consumers to discard the monkey figure immediately to remove the hazard and contact the firm for a refund or exchange.  DND Imports can be contacted by calling the firm collect at 1-818-815-1791 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

We have long been covering the issue of lead exposure and lead poisoning, which is considered by many to be one of the most important chronic environmental illnesses affecting children today, with exposure leading to a variety of dangerous effects. 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. In adults, lead is known to cause cancer, reproductive harm, and nervous system damage.

Lead poisoning is difficult to recognize because its symptoms are subtle and no specific indicators exist or point to contamination. 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 can 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.

Yesterday we wrote that the CPSC issued new guidelines for lead in paint. Playthings reported that the new standards involve testing protocols for paint and some painted products that verify lead limits on toys and children’s products.  The definition of lead standards is contained in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and includes Toy Industry Association (TIA) recommendations.

Despite efforts to control lead and the success in decreasing lead poisoning, serious cases still occur.  Once poisoned, no organ system is immune and of particular concern is the developing brain because of leads’ long-lasting effects, which can continue well into puberty and beyond.


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