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As reported by the Consumer Reports Safety Blog, the Tiny Tink and Friends jewelry sets come with a charm attached to a cord using a metal ring and cylinder included with the sets as a separate accessory that children can attach to the toy necklace, bracelet or key chain. The cylinder is the issue here. The CPSC says that the connector on a charm can contain levels of total lead in excess of 300 ppm, which is prohibited under federal law.
The item numbers and names of the jewelry sets being recalled are as follows:
Charms that have plastic tabs instead of metal rings and cylinders are not included in this recall.
The jewelry sets were sold at retailers nationwide from November 2008 through November 2009, for between $6 and $8, so may have been given as gifts this past holiday season.
You may want to be prepared for a few tears as the CPSC recommends that caregivers take the jewelry away from children immediately and discard it. However, much like the tooth fairy, you may give something in return and contact Playmates Toys for a replacement charm accessory. For additional information, contact Playmates toys at (888) 810-1133 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.playmatestoys.com.
For the full text of the CPSC recall announcement go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10131.html.
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