Vermont Health Department Urges Attention to Recall of Reebok Charm Bracelet

DATE: March 24, 2006
Contact: Communication Office
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON - In the wake of a tragic child death in Minnesota, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Reebok have issued a voluntary recall of Reebok Heart-Shaped Charm Bracelets.

The recall involves an 8-inch long metal bracelet with a heart-shaped charm. The name “Reebok” is engraved on one side of the charm. The charm bracelet was provided as a free gift with the purchase of various styles of children’s footwear sold in shoe stores nationwide from May 2004 through March 2006.

“Anyone who has received this charm bracelet should dispose of it immediately,” said Kevin Doering, environmental health chief at the Vermont Department of Health.

There have been no Vermont deaths related to lead poisoning in a decade or more. However, more than 300 children in Vermont are poisoned each year by ingesting lead, mostly related to lead paint.

“Although the majority of identified cases of lead poisoning in Vermont can be attributed to lead dust and chips from paint in older housing, consumer products are an area of growing concern,” said Doering. “We want to make sure that parents know about this recall, but we also want them to know that it’s not a good idea to let children mouth metal objects such as jewelry, keys or zipper pulls.”

Small inexpensive jewelry and other metal items are often manufactured outside of the United States where there is little to no governmental control over the use of lead in manufacturing processes.

Vermont is increasing efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning. In January, Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Paul Jarris and Attorney General William H. Sorrell launched the “Get the Lead Out of Vermont” initiative to develop new approaches to eliminating childhood lead poisoning in Vermont.

More information about prevention of childhood lead poisoning is available on the Health Department’s website – healthvermont.gov or by calling 1-800-439-8550 (M-F). Information about the Reebok recall and other consumer product recalls is available at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissioner website – www.cpsc.gov.

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