According to recent reports, certain companies continue to produce items for children that present high levels of lead, which is a major issue if you consider that the exposure to lead could cause health problems to the little ones.
The latest report published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that a series of magnetic color sorting boards have been affected by a recall campaign. According to the official report, the magnet boards come with parts that may have been made with plywood that could crack. If that occurs and small metal balls that are present between the board and the clear plastic cover are released, children handling the boards may end up ingesting the magnets or the metal balls, increasing the risk of internal injuries that could even lead to life-threatening situations. According to the federal agency, the ingestion of the material could also pose risks because they exceed the federal lead paint standards.
At least 3,700 units of these items have been affected by the recall. According to the federal agency, consumers should look for the boards that are advertized as “Excellerations” magnetic color sorting boards that come with cupcake cut-outs. These items are used to teach children about sorting colors. The products are designed for young children and are made of plywood. The logo can be found on the front of the device. The metal balls that could pose a risk to children come in several different colors and a 4-inch long want with a magnet in one of its ends is attached to the board’s top.
The official reports show that Discount School Supply has learned of at least six reports of the plywood backing cracking while in use, increasing the risk of a possible risk to children. According to the report, the small metal balls were accessible to the affected children when the incidents took place as a result. At least two of the reports were associated with the magnet coming detached from the wand.
None of the incidents reported to the company resulted in injuries.
According to the federal agency, children should not be allowed to use the board anymore. The product along with all of its parts should be returned to the company as soon as possible for a full refund.
Affected items were sold online to consumers nationwide between January 2013 and March 2014.
You can follow this link to read the official recall announcement issued by the CPSC.