Toy jewelry recalled after child's death
Reebok charm bracelet and Dollar Tree line of kids' jewelry recalled by manufacturers for lead poisoning risk.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Two companies recalled nearly 900,000 pieces of children's jewelry products due to lead poisoning risks, following the death of a Minnesota child, U.S. regulators said Thursday.
The recall involves 300,000 Reebok Heart-Shaped Charm Bracelets, which was provided as a free gift with a purchase of various styles of children's footwear at major shoe stores nationwide from May 2004 through March 2006, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. Reebok received a report of a 4-year-old child in Minneapolis dying from lead poisoning after swallowing a piece of the bracelet, according to the CPSC.
Also recalled were 580,000 toy jewelry products sold by the Dollar Tree retail chain, including the Mood Necklace and Ring, Glow-in-the Dark Necklace and Ring as well as the UV Necklace and Ring. The products were sold at Dollar Tree, Dollar Express, Greenback and Only $1 stores nationwide from September 2003 through February 2006.
Dollar has received no reports of incidents or injuries, the CPSC said.
The companies decided to pull the products after learning that the items contained high levels of lead and posed a risk of lead poisoning, the CPSC said.
The CSPC recommends consumers immediately take the bracelet and jewelry away from their children. Those who purchased the Dollar Tree are urged to return the jewelry to the store where they purchased the item for a refund, while the CSPC says the entire Reebok bracelet should be disposed of immediately.
For more information about the recalled products, consumers can visit either company's Web site.
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