The Consumer Product Safety Act, passed in 2008, established new, stricter standards for products containing lead. The law states that products can contain no more than 90 milligrams per kilogram of lead in paint. Often, an excessive amount of lead can be found in children’s products, and sometimes the manufacturer of a product has to issue a recall to protect young children from ingesting lead. This week, Far East Brokers is recalling approximately 14,000 Leisure Ways brand children’s furniture due to paint on the ladybug design that contains an excessive amount of lead.
The red paint on the surface of the furniture violates the Consumer Product Safety Act’s standards for lead amounts in paint, according to the CPSC. No injuries or incidents involving the furniture has been reported to the manufacturer or to the CPSC. The recalled furniture feature the images of ladybugs on the pieces, which include “a camp chair, folding chair, moon chair, double-seat swing chair and patio set that includes two chairs, a table and an umbrella.”
The recalled furniture also includes a label on the seat of each chair with the production date “December/2012.” From January 2013 to May 2013, the pieces of furniture were sold at Weis Markets, wholesale distributors, grocery and drug stores for between $10 and $50. The furniture was manufactured in China.
The CPSC advises consumers to take the furniture away from children and return it to the original place of purchase to receive a full refund. According to MedLine Plus, even small amounts of lead can be very harmful for the developing nerves and brains of children. Children can become exposed to lead when paint that contains the substance peels away. Lead does not have a scent or taste and it cannot be seen.
Consumers can contact Far East Brokers and Consultants, Inc. at 888-753-9040 anytime for more information. Far East Brokers also has information about the recall on its website, www.fareastbrokers.com.