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More Mattel Toys are Recalled Because Of Excessive Lead Paint

Mattel Inc. and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling more toys because they contain too much lead paint. This is the third massive recall by Mattel in a little over one month, and more than 21 million toys have been affected. This recall includes 675,000 Barbie accessories, 8,900 Big Big World 6-in-1 Bongo Band toys and 90,000 GeoTrax locomotive lines. So far, there are no reported injuries or deaths that have been attributed to lead paint exposure from this latest group of toys. Lead paint poisoning caused by exposure to a defective or dangerous product, however, can be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit by an injured person. Dangers of Lead Exposure for Children Children 6 years of age and under—including fetuses—are at high risk of having their health affected by exposure to lead. Lead interferes with the development of the central nervous system and the brain, and exposure to lead can lead to learning disabilities, IQ deficits, stunted growth, slowed growth, impaired hearing, behavioral difficulties, and death. Some symptoms associated with lead poisoning: • Headaches • Stomach aches • Loss of appetite • Irritability As these symptoms are frequently associated with other common illnesses, it can be difficult to determine whether or not they are signs of lead poisoning. Getting your child tested for lead poisoning is the only way to confirm whether they have been exposed to lead. Lead is also dangerous for adults, and can lead to various health problems, such as the following: • Fertility problems • Problems during pregnancy • Digestive problems • Nerve problems • High blood pressure • Memory problems • Muscle problems • Joint problems A products liability claim or lawsuit allows the injury victim the opportunity to hold the negligent party responsible for the defective or hazardous product that caused the personal injury. A product’s manufacturer, distributor, and seller are some of the parties that can be held responsible in a products liability case. More than 20 million toys have been recalled since 2001. While some of the toys were recalled because they came with small magnets that could easily be swallowed by children, the majority of the toys called back were because of lead paint concerns. Challenges for Mattel after 3rd recall, IHT.com, September 5, 2007 Lead: Basic Information, EPA.gov Related Web Resources: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Product Recalls, Mattel In South Florida, The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. P.A. represents personal injury clients that wish to file a products liability claim or lawsuit because they have been injured by a product that should have been safe for their use. Our personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation to all prospective clients, and we would like to speak with you. Contact The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. P.A. today and request your free consultation.