Excess Lead Prompts Recall of Tinker Bell Jewelry Sets

About 252,000 Tiny Tink and Friends Children’s Toy Jewelry Sets are being recalled because a charm on the bracelets contains excessive levels of lead, a toxic metal which can cause serious neurological and developmental injuries to children who ingest it.

Playmates Toys, of Costa Mesa, Ca. and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall today. There have been no reports of injuries associated with the recalled jewelry sets, but the risk of injury from lead exposure is so great that officials are ordering the recall.

A cylindrical metal connector on a charm contained in the recalled jewelry sets contains levels of total lead in excess of 300 parts-per-million, which is prohibited under federal law, the CPSC said.

Charms sold with the Tiny Tink and Friends toy jewelry sets are involved in today’s recall. The charm is attached to a cord using a metal ring and cylinder and included with the sets as a separate accessory that children can attach to the toy necklace, bracelet or key chain, the CPSC said.

The defective charms were sold as part of a variety of toy jewelry sets, including:

Item #                 UPC #                                   Description

• 74634                 43377 74634 8                         Tinker Bell’s Lil Tinker Bracelet

• 74641                 43377 74641 6                          Tinker Bell’s Lil Tinker Bracelet

• 74631                 43377 74631 7                          Rosetta’s Rosebud Key Chain

• 74632                 43377 74632 4                          Silvermist’s Water Lily Necklace

Charms that have plastic tabs instead of metal rings and cylinders are not included in this recall, product safety officials said.

The recalled jewelry sets were sold at retailers nationwide from November 2008 through November 2009 for between $6 and $8. They were manufactured in China.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled charm and attached cord away from children and throw them away to reduce the risks of injury from lead exposure. Consumers may also contact Playmates Toys for a replacement charm accessory, the CPSC said.

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