AG Schneiderman calls for recall of children’s jewelry-making kits due to high lead levels

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says children’s jewelry-making kits sold across the state, including in Buffalo, have been found to have high lead levels.

Schneiderman is calling on retailers like Amazon and Walmart to stop selling “Cra-Z-Art” kits, calling them “toxic toys.” He made the announcement about the findings and sought a recall of the toys on Friday in Rochester.

With the announcement of the high lead levels, Schneiderman says he is now trying to figure out how the dangerous toys got on store shelves in the first place.

“Manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers all have a responsibility to ensure that products intended for use by children are safe,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “My office’s discovery of children’s products containing high-levels of lead for sale on store shelves in New York points to an alarming breach in the safety net that is supposed to protect our kids from dangerous chemicals. In addition to calling for immediate action to remove these products from store shelves, my office will investigate – and hold accountable – those responsible for allowing toxic products to reach our children. No parents should have to worry that a toy they buy may poison their child.”

The lead levels in certain Cra-Z-Art kits’ wristbands well exceeded the 100 parts-per-million (ppm) Consumer Product Safety Act limit, reaching between 120 and 980 ppm.

Here are the products that exceeded the limit:

  • Shimmer N’ Sparkle Cra-Z-Art Cra-Z-Jewelz Gem Creations Ultimate Gem Machine
  • Shimmer N’ Sparkle Cra-Z-Art Cra-Z-Jewelz Gem Creations Gem Charm and Slider Bracelets
  • My Look Cra-Z-Art Cra-Z-Jewelz Gem Creations Ultimate Gem Machine

“Empire State Consumer Project has been testing consumer products for over 40 years and is still finding lead in children’s products,” said Carol Chittenden, Director, Empire State Consumer Project. “Lead is especially dangerous to children because their brains and nervous systems are still developing. Lead can cause behavior and learning problems, including hyperactivity. Elevated lead levels are linked to lower IQ’s in children, which persist into adulthood. Lead, cadmium, and heavy metals have no place in children’s products.”

MORE | Find more information on the toys’ lead levels and stores selling them here.

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