If You Bought This on Amazon, Stop Using It Immediately, Officials Warn
This popular product could be a serious health hazard to anyone who uses it, experts say.
Amazon is a one-stop shop for practically everything under the sun, from furniture to clothing to food. And while the company serves millions of happy customers each year, there's one item in particular you may regret purchasing from the retail giant. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has just announced that a popular product sold exclusively through Amazon has just been recalled over the serious health and safety concerns it presents to anyone who uses it. Read on to discover if you should be getting rid of this item now.
A toy sold exclusively on Amazon is subject to a new recall.
On June 10, the CPSC announced that Denver, Colorado-based Blue Star Trading, Inc. had recalled approximately 300 of its Children's Barhee Fishing Hero Toy Games. The toys were sold exclusively through Amazon between Feb. 2021 and April 2021 and retail for approximately $30. The affected products can be identified by the model number 1577C and the words "Made in China" printed on the side of the box in which they were packaged.
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The recall was initiated due to lead poisoning concerns.
The toys were pulled from the market after it was discovered that the rollers on the bottom of the set's dinosaur figures contained levels of lead higher than those allowed by the U.S. government.
While no injuries or other adverse effects had been reported at the time the recall notice was issued, if you are in possession of the affected toys, the CPSC recommends that you "immediately take the recalled toys away from children." The products' manufacturer, Blue Star Trading, will provide a full refund to anyone who purchased the recalled toys. The company can be contacted at 917-300-8128 between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. MT on weekdays or at [email protected]
Lead exposure can cause serious health problems, especially in children.
Lead can present a danger to anyone who's exposed to the toxic heavy metal, but children are particularly susceptible to lead poisoning. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lead poisoning in children can cause brain and nervous system damage, behavioral and learning issues, hearing and speech problems, delayed growth and development, and may lead to poor academic performance, difficulty paying attention, and even a lower IQ.
"No safe level of lead exposure in children has been identified," the health authority states.
This isn't the first toy that's been recalled due to lead this year.
In early 2021, another toy sold in the U.S. was pulled from shelves due to lead concerns. On Feb. 17, the CPSC announced that 10-in-1 Incredible Inventions Science Kits sold at Menards and independent toy stores between Aug. 2020 and Nov. 2020 were being recalled due to lead. The products were pulled from the market after it was discovered that two of the magnets included in the kit had lead levels above those legally allowed following 2008 legislation that introduced requirements for all toys sold in the U.S. to be tested for lead prior to sale.