Walmart, Target, and importer LaRose Industries are facing a lawsuit over lead-contaminated toys.
Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced the lawsuit claiming the three entities committed thousands of New York laws surrounding safety of children’s toys.
The lawsuit stems from a 2016 recall of Cra-Z-Jewelz Jewelry-Making Kits due lead levels 10 times higher than the federal limit.
Officials say lead is a known neurotoxin that can cause significant harm to human health. Lead can affect almost every organ and system in the body. Children are especially vulnerable to these and other health risks posed by exposure to lead. Even low levels of lead in the blood of children can result in behavior and learning problems, lower IQ, hyperactivity, slowed growth, hearing problems, and anemia.
Attorney General Underwood issued this statement:
“Our lawsuit seeks to hold these companies accountable for the failures that allowed lead-contaminated toys on store shelves, while forcing them to take responsibility for the safety of the products they sell.”
The lawsuit seeks monetary penalties and a court order to keep the toys off store shelves.
Walmart issued the following statement about the lawsuit:
“We take our customers’ safety seriously and require our suppliers to meet all safety standards. As soon as LaRose Industries made us aware of the product recall nearly three years ago, we removed the items from our shelves and online and haven’t sold them since. We’ve discussed this matter with the New York Attorney General’s office and will address the allegations and demands with the court.”