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Maryland Stores Stop Selling Elmo Toy With High Level of Lead – Danger to Children

By Benjamin A. Klopman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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The Baltimore Sun has reported that stores in Maryland including Big Lot Stores, Inc. and Dollar General Corporation have stopped selling Elmo’s Take Along Card Games, a toy that includes a backpack and playing cards. See Maryland Stores Stop Selling Elmo Toy After Attorney General Investigation. An investigation by the Maryland Attorney General’s office revealed that the toy contained high levels of lead in the paint for the toy.

Lead poisoning is also referred to as saturnism, paint’s colic, and plumbism. An increased level of lead in the blood can cause neurological medical conditions, kidney problems cardiovascular disease, and reproductive health issues.

While the stores were pulled from Big Lots and Dollar Stores, there are concerns that the toys may end up in other countries where lead level regulations are less strict or do not exist at all.