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Millions of toys recalled for lead dangers

/ Source: The Associated Press

About 4 million Groovy Grabber children’s bracelets, manufactured by A&A Global Industries, have been recalled because the paint on the metallic part of the bands contains high levels of lead, which is toxic for children and can cause adverse health effects if ingested.

The flexible bracelets are made from metal bands wrapped in plastic covers that are decorated with a variety of colors and designs. The designs include smiley faces, Chinese symbols, dogs, cats, aliens, checker boards and flames. They were sold at vending machines in department, grocery and discount stores, as well as shopping malls around the country between November 2005 and March 2007.

Separately, about 396,000 metal key chains, imported by Dollar General Merchandising, Inc., have been recalled because they also contain high levels of lead.

The recall includes three styles of key chain: A flip flop, a single letter and dangling charms. The flip flop chains came in purple, yellow and aqua blue, with a flower on top of the flip flop. The letter key chains have a single, silver English letter. The dangling charms key chains feature small objects including a cross, flower, shamrock and heart hanging from a silver chain. The packaging for all three styles has “Key Chain” and “Dollar General $1.25” printed on the front.

The key chains were sold at Dollar General stores around the country between December 2005 and January 2007.