If you own one of Wal-Mart’s made-in China Hip Charm key chain’s, please stop using it now. Do not allow you children to handle it either. Take it back immediately to Wal-Mary for a refund.
On April 18, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a the voluntary recall. The charms on the key chain can contain high levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested and can cause adverse health effects. The Illinois Attorney General informed Wal-Mart and CPSC that the key chain was found in the home of a 9-month-old child who was discovered to have high blood-levels of lead. The child was observed mouthing this key chain.
The recalled key chain has several charms including a button, clover, leaf, heart and a sand dollar. The charms hang from a silver-colored chain. The words “Hip charm” and UPC (#31568 11017) are printed on the product’s packaging. Wal-Mart stores nationwide from April 2005 through April 2008 for about $6.
For further information, contact Wal-Mart at (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.walmartstores.com.