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Wal-Mart recalls keychain charms due to lead exposure

Jun. 19, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CPSC) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: "Hip Charm" Key Chains

Units: About 39,000 (firm previously recalled 12,000 key chains in April 2008)

Distributor: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.

Importer: FGX International Inc., of Smithfield, R.I.

Hazard: The charms on the key chain can contain high levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested and can cause adverse health effects.

Incidents/Injuries: There have been no injuries reported with the additional key chains included in this recall. The Illinois Attorney General informed Wal-Mart and CPSC in April that the previously recalled key chain was found in the home of a 9-month-old child who was discovered to have high blood levels of lead. The child was observed mouthing this key chain.

Description: The recalled key chains have several charms including a button, clover, leaf, and heart. The charms hang from a silver-colored chain. The words "Hip charm" and the following UPC numbers are printed on the products packaging: 03156811032, 03156811029, 03156811019, 03156811016, 03156811018, 03156811028, and 03156811030.

Sold at: Wal-Mart stores nationwide from April 2005 through June 2008 for between $ .50 and $6.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should not allow children to handle the key chain and return it to any Wal-Mart store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For further information, contact Wal-Mart at (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.walmartstores.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08307.html

Courtesy: Consumer Product Safety Commission

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