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Cribs Recalled for SuffocationHazard; Lunch Bags for Lead

Posted Sep 12 2008 3:17am

Crib_092107 About one million cribs that pose a suffocation hazard are being recalled. And 300,000 soft lunch boxes touting healthy eating are being recalled because of possible lead contamination.

Three children have died in the cribs, which were made in China for Simplicity for Children Inc. and Graco, reports The Wall Street Journal. In all three deaths, parents had installed the hardware for the drop-down slide upside down, according to The Consumer Protection Safety Commission.

The easy-to-make mistake allows the slide to separate from the frame and create a gap that kids can get stuck in, reports the Journal. There have been seven infant entrapments and 55 other incidents with these cribs.

The CPSC warns that parents should not reverse the hardware, because it may have been damaged after being installed upside down.

Lunchbags_092107 The recalled canvas/vinyl lunchboxes, which also were made in China, were given out for free by California in an effort to promote it’s healthful eating program, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Lead was found in the vinyl and the yellow logo on 56,000 green bags. Below are the words “Eat Fruits & Vegetables and Be Active.” Maybe the slogan should be, “Eat Lead and Be Brain Damaged.”

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