By Marianne Frederick
There are some children’s toys which could give parents and children a headache–like the Super Luchamania Action Figures. They were made in Mexico and the surface paint on them contains an excessive amount of lead violating the federal standards for lead paint in children’s toys.
Approximately 7,000 packs of the Super Luchamania Action Figures, which were sold in packs of 12, are being recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced yesterday, in cooperation with importer, Lee Carter Company of San Francisco, California.
Why is excessive lead in surface paint on toys dangerous to children? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Basic Information on Lead in Paint, Dust and Soil, lead can be absorbed by a child’s body more readily than an adult’s. As we know, babies and young children often put toys in their mouths. Some painted toys can even have lead dust on them. Children’s brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead. If not detected, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from different maladies including damage to the brain and nervous system, behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity, slowed growth, hearing problems, and headaches, to name only a few. http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/leadinfo.htm#health.
Please take a look in your children’s toy box to check whether these toys are there. The multi-colored Super Luchamania male action figures are made of plastic, have various colored plastic capes and measure about four inches tall. “Super Luchamania” is printed on the action figures’ package. The packs of 12 action figures were sold by Mexican specialty craft stores throughout the United States from June 2000 through October 2011 for between $12 and $14 per pack.
Parents and caregivers should remove the action figures from children’s access and return them to Lee Carter Company for a full refund or credit toward another Lee Carter product. Consumers may contact Lee Carter Co. by calling collect at 1(415) 824-2004 anytime, or visiting the firm’s website at www.leecartercompany.com.
To view a photo of the Super Luchamania Action Figures, please visit the CPSC website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12092.html.