Monday, July 23, 2007

AAFES Recalls Soldier Bear Toys Over Lead

Sorry I haven't posted in a bit. I'll try to get my catch up posts in today. Here's something I found for all y'all with kiddos.

AAFES recalls Soldier Bear toys over lead

By Karen Jowers - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jul 18, 2007 11:42:41 EDT

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has voluntarily recalled 13,200 “Soldier Bear” toy sets with action figures and animals that contain high levels of lead.

Consumers should immediately take these toys away from children and return them to the nearest AAFES store for a refund. The toys were sold between August 2005 and April 2007. The various action figures, dinosaurs, animals and vehicles were made in Hong Kong by Toy Century Industrial Co. Ltd., and were part of AAFES’ “Soldier Bear” private label toy brand in their inventory.

No injuries have been reported. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children, and can cause adverse health effects.

Although 13,200 sets were made, only 8,381 were sold. Because of another recall earlier this year, and in the interest of safety, AAFES pulled remaining Toy Century inventory from the shelves in May and AAFES’ quality assurance team commissioned additional independent testing, said AAFES spokesman Judd Anstey. Lab results showed four of nine styles contained lead in excess of government standards.

While the AAFES quality assurance team does physical performance and safety tests on every private-label item before it can be sold in the stores, toxicity testing is required by the manufacturer, Anstey said.

The style number, Universal Product Code and Soldier Bear logo are printed on the package of the recalled items. The four sets recalled are:

* Heroes — Dino Mega Cruiser — style number 00047, UPC number 4 98567 00047 4

* Dinosaur Adventure Set — style number 91068, UPC number 6 98567 91068 1

* Wild Animal Adventure Set (1 of 2 assortments) and Dinosaur Adventure Set (2 of 2 assortments). Both have style number 91074 and UPC number 6 98567 91074 2

* Heroes Vehicle Play Set — style number 85939, UPC number 6 98567 85939 3 (Three styles in three different boxes: military, police and fire rescue.)

Anstey said Toy Century has not manufactured products for AAFES since March 2006. Each year, AAFES reviews thousands of products from hundreds of manufacturers, he said, in making decisions about what to sell in their stores.

AAFES still sells Soldier Bear toys that are manufactured by numerous other companies, Anstey said.

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