Consumers Union, the company behind Consumer Reports performed lead testing on several popular children’s toys. They found that the red blood pressure cuff in the Fisher Price Children’s Medical Kit toy contained lead. The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that the defective toy meets federal safety standards and is not subject to a recall.
Vallese says that the agency would like to see lead removed from all children’s products. But she explains the agency can act only on items that are in violation of federal law. This means they must contain either lead paint, or they must contain enough lead to pose a hazard.
“When we find lead that is a serious risk, it’s removed,” says Vallese. “But just because it’s there, doesn’t mean your child’s going to be sickened.”
The state of Illinois requested that the toys be pulled from store shelves and Fisher Price agreed. If your child has the medical kit with the red blood pressure cuff in may be in your child’s best interests to remove the toy. Lead poisoning in children may cause brain and developmental damage.