The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has just announced a voluntary recall of girls tiaras made by Wilton Industries Inc with an SKU number of 120-228. The tiaras have been found to hold high levels of lead.
According to the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR), of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the effects of lead poisoning on children are chiefly neurological. The most immediate symptoms a parent or caregiver might see in a lead-exposed child are as follows:
- ataxia (lack of coordination)
However, the ATSDR also notes that "it is important to remember that childhood lead poisoning can lead to health effects later in life including renal effects, hypertension, reproductive problems, and developmental problems with their offspring. ..."
Not surprisingly, the tiaras were manufactured in China but sold in the United States by the Wilton company.
Sold on Amazon as well as at Party City, Ben Franklin Stores, Jo-Ann Fabrics,and other retailers nationwide from June 2009 through April 2010, the tiaras retailed for about $13, and are mainly silver with clear crystals. The number of affected tiaras believed to have been sold is more than 7,000, and it's possible that they were sold online; I have not yet seen any reports as to whether they were sold in the United States only or in Canada and other countries.
The SKU number is on the back of the packaging, near the bottom right corner.
Parents, please check your daughters' tiaras right away; I hope you have saved your packaging, but, if not, I suggest contacting the Wilton company if your tiara looks like the photos featured in this article. And if the tiara is even close to that style but you don't know or remember the packaging or company or where it was purchased, it would not hurt to err on the side of caution. As of this writing, Wilton's Web site features a multitude of tiaras for comparison, which can be viewed here.
Wilton is said to be issuing a full refund, and their representatives will gladly answer any inquiries. Please contact them for further information,Â at (800) 593-7866 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CST Monday through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CST Fridays. Alternatively, you may visit the company's Web site for e-mail and other contact information, including Canadian contact points, here.