The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Oct. 4 that it was recalling more than 200,000 Chinese-made wooden toys and key chains that contain unsafe levels of lead. It said no injuries or incidents were reported but urged consumers to take the products sold by U.S. companies KB Toys Inc. and Dollar General Merchandising Inc. away from children immediately.
Massachusetts-based KB Toys is recalling 10,000 toys including its Wooden Pull-Along Alphabet & Math Blocks Wagons, Wooden Pull-Along Learning Blocks Wagons, 10-in-1 Activity Learning Carts, and Flip-Flop Alphabet Blocks. "Surface paints on the toys can contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard," the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The toys, whose prices ranged between $7 - $30, were sold over the past two years.
Some 192,000 key chains sold by the Tennessee-based Dollar General were also recalled for containing high levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested by children.
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