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RecallsFisher-Price Voluntarily PullsHigh-Lead Toy From Illinois

Posted Aug 26 2008 12:30pm

Redcuff2_121007 If you have any doubt that toy sellers are not looking out for our children’s best interests, maybe this will change your mind: Fisher-Price is pulling a high-lead toy only in Illinois, according to a Consumer Reports safety blog .

Technically, the red blood pressure cuffs, which contains 4,500 to 5,900 parts per million of lead according to Illinois, is violating that state’s laws but not federal regulations. How can this be?

Unlike Illinois, the United States only bans high levels of lead from painted surfaces but not the plastic itself.

In this case, there is so much lead on the red plastic blood-pressure cuff, a child could receive a dose of more than 15 micrograms of lead each day, writes Consumer Reports. (Other colored cuffs seem to be okay.) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes 10 micrograms is the uppermost limit kids should be exposed to.

Here’s what Consumer Reports writes:

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