Toy drums recalled for unsafe lead levels

About 4,500 toy drums are being withdrawn because they contain unsafe levels of lead, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.

The recall applies to Eli's Small Drums (item number 654933) and Liberty's Large Drums (item number 654934), sold at gift and collectible stores across the United States from June 2005 to April 2007 for about $15 US.

The CPSC says that red paint on the drums contains high levels of lead.

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 headaches.

No associated injuries have been reported.

Consumers should return the drums to the store for a refund.

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