MADIGAN ALERTS CONSUMERS TO EXPANDED WAL-MART
Chicago – Attorney General Lisa Madigan today alerted consumers to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) expanded recall of hip-charms manufactured exclusively for Wal-Mart. These hip-charms were initially pulled from store shelves in April after tests conducted for the Attorney General’s office indicated dangerous lead levels.
Alarming new test results from Wal-Mart showing lead levels as high as 990,000 parts per million (ppm) triggered the expanded recall of the “No Boundaries Hip Charm.” The Illinois Lead Poisoning Prevention Act, which Attorney General Madigan’s office enforces, prohibits the sale of children’s items that contain lead in excess of 600 ppm.
Attorney General Madigan said the expanded recall demonstrates the clear need for greater consumer awareness of products that contain excessive lead levels. The Attorney General called on the State Senate to pass an amendment to the Lead Poisoning Prevention Act, Senate Bill 2860, which she drafted to require that lead warning statements must be printed on children’s products that exceed the 40 ppm limit recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
“This important change in the law would give parents critical information they need to protect their children from lead poisoning by making informed decisions about the products they are bringing into their homes,” Attorney General Madigan said. “The AAP has found that lead exposure during childhood can significantly damage brain development in children under 12. It is imperative that the Senate move this bill forward and ensure parents have the right to make the best decisions for the sake of their children’s health and safety.”
Attorney General Madigan urged parents to keep the hip-charm away from their children. Wal-Mart has confirmed that 2,032 of the hip-charms recalled today were sold in Illinois. Consumers can call the Attorney General’s product recall hotline at 1-888-414-7678 to learn more. Consumers also can call 1-800-WAL-MART for further instructions on how to obtain a refund from the retailer.
The initial hip-charm recall occurred in April after the Attorney General began an investigation when a nurse from the Macon County Health Department discovered a 9-month old child with elevated blood lead levels. During the nurse’s home inspection, the child was playing with her mother’s charm. The nurse later purchased a second hip-charm at a Decatur Wal-Mart, and an initial screening test indicated that lead was present in both charms. Follow-up testing performed by an independent laboratory for the Attorney General’s office revealed that some of the charms contained lead up to as much as 700,000 ppm.
For more information, Attorney General Madigan’s recall hotline at 1-888-414-7678 can help callers identify recalled products in their homes and learn how to contact companies to repair or return affected products. Attorney General Madigan also publishes the Safe Shopping Guide, a 91-page color directory of hundreds of recalled children’s products. Free copies are available at the Attorney General’s main and regional offices and via mail by calling the hotline at 1-888-414-7678. Consumers may also review and download a copy from the Attorney General’s Web site at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov.Consumers are also encouraged to sign up for e-mail alerts about the latest government recalls at www.recalls.gov.