Wal-Mart key chains recalled due to lead
- April 22, 2008 1:01 PM
- By Peter Hadzipetros
Wal-Mart is recalling about 12,000 "Hip Charm" key chains over concerns about lead content after a nine-month-old who had chewed on the chain was found to have high blood levels of lead.
The incident, in Illinois, was reported on April 16.
The company said the charms on the key chains can contain high levels of lead, which could cause health problems if swallowed.
Lead poisoning can cause brain damage, learning problems, nervous system damage and even seizures or death.
The key chains, made in China, have several charms including a button, clover, leaf, heart and sand dollar hanging from a silver chain. The words "Hip charm" and UPC #3156811017 are printed on the packaging.
They were sold across the United States from April 2005 to April 2008 for $6 each.
Consumers should immediately take the key chains away from children and return to Wal-Mart for a full refund.
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