What’s in the News?
December 27, 2008-Suit faults landlord over lead poisoning: NorthJersey.com reports that a Paterson woman has filed suit in state court alleging that her young child suffers from lead poisoning because of a former Passaic landlord’s negligence in failing to remove lead-based paint.The plaintiff, Marlen Rosas, is seeking punitive damages and compensation for physical hardship, mental distress and emotional pain from the owner of the property where she and her son lived from early 2006 to January 2007. Her son, Alex Leal, was diagnosed with lead poisoning in November 2006. After the diagnosis, Passaic’s health department inspected the residence to determine the source of the lead poisioning. The health department found that there were “hazardous lead-paint conditions” that violated state and local regulations. Click here to read more.
December 23, 2008-Lead poisoning diagnosis prompts recall of Munire cribs and furniture: ConsumerReports.org reports that after a child was diagnosed with lead poisoning, Munire has recalled 3,000 cribs and 6,000 pieces of matching furniture because the finish violates the lead paint standard. Click here to read more.
December 23, 2008-Woodstock Percussion Inc. recalls toy drums: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Woodstock Percussion Inc., based in Shokan, New York, has voluntarily 2,800 calypso steel toy drums. The drums’ surface is coated with paint that has excessive levels of lead. The recalled drums were purchased through mail-order catalogs, websites and stores from December 2006 to December 2007. Though no injuries have been reported, consumers are instructed to take the toy away from children immediately and return it to Woodstock Percussion for a replacement and a $5.00 credit. Click here for more information.
December 18, 2008-D.C.’s tougher lead poisoning bill hailed: The Washington Times reports that the District’s new legislation to protect children and pregnant women from lead-paint poisoning is among the toughest in the country. Click here to read more.
December 17, 2008-Xtreme Toy Zone recalls toy dinosaurs: The CPSC announced that Xtreme Toy Zone, based in Los Angeles, California, has voluntarily recalled 480 “Dinosaur Epoch” toy dinosaurs. The paint on the toy’s surface contain levels of lead higher than the federal standard. Consumers are instructed to take the affected toys from children immediately and contact Xtreme Toy Zone for a refund or an exchange. Click here for more information.