Health Canada recently warned parents across Canada about the health risks posed by various types of children’s jewelry. The safety agency’s sampling and evaluation program determined that dangerous levels of toxic metals were present in multiple metallic jewelry items for children.
A recall notice was issued for Kool Charmz Link Charms, which comes in different colours.
Health Canada has allowable limits for cadmium and lead in consumer products. However, the lead level in this range of metallic charms exceeds the allowed limit. These two highly toxic metals pose the following health risks:
- Serious brain injury
Excess lead and cadmium levels could also adversely affect the kidneys, heart, liver and immune system. It could even be fatal in extreme cases.
According to reports submitted by the company, the range of recalled children’s jewelry has been available in Canadian stores since January of 2003. It was recalled in April 2021, and up to the recall date, the total number of units sold across Canada was 329,356. No injuries or health concerns for children were reported as of April 8, 2021.
Health Canada urges consumers to stop their children from playing with the recalled jewelry and dispose of it in their household garbage.
If your child has suffered brain injuries or other illnesses caused by this or other defective products, you could pursue financial relief to cover medical expenses and any other damages. A lawyer can help you file a product liability claim in civil court to seek full financial accountability from the manufacturer, retailer or any other responsible parties in the supply chain.