Today's recall involves around 90,000 items, 70,400 of which were imported by J.C. Penney Company (NYSE: JCP) and feature the beloved Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) character Winnie the Pooh. The culprit is, once again, excessive levels of lead paints. The actual products J.C. Penney was forced to recall were Winnie the Pooh playsets and decorative ornaments with a horse-theme, as well as art kits made in Taiwan and Vietnam.
The good news is that many retailers like J.C. Penney are doing their best to try to keep these toxic toys from landing in the hands of children. Earlier this summer, the company decided to hire an independent laboratory to run tests on all of its painted toys. These independent evaluations, which started in August, are credited with catching today's recalled toys.
Not all the toys in today's recall can be traced back to J.C. Penney. In addition to its recalled products, there were also 20,300 other items included in the recall as a result of dangerously high levels of lead paint. These include some miniature Jeff Gordon NASCAR helmets by Riddell Inc., bendable dinosaur toys by Kipp Brothers, and magnetic art kits by Cracker Barrel Old County Stores.
As always, if you suspect that you may be in possession of some of these recalled items, we suggest that you pay a visit to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website where you can get up to date information on all of the recent recalls.
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