Children's rings withdrawn for high levels of lead

Maryland-based importer Cardinal Distributing Co. is recalling about 200 children's rings because they contain unsafe levels of lead, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.

The recalled rings are silver with a dice or a horseshoe fitted on top. The rings were sold in vending machines and in discount and department stores in Maryland from August 2004 through March 2007 for a quarter.

Children absorb lead more easily than adults and are more vulnerable to poisoning. Exposure to high levels of lead can cause vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, coma or death. Symptoms include anemia, appetite loss, abdominal pain, constipation, fatigue, sleeplessness, irritability and headache.

Consumers should take the rings away from children and throw them away.

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