NH DHHS - CSPC Announces New, Lower Limit for Lead Content in Children’s Products

Concord, NH – Through the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA),

Congress set tough new levels for lead content in products designed or

primarily intended for children 12 years of age and younger. Beginning

August 14, 2011, manufacturers, importers, retailers, and distributors of

children’s products must comply with the new 0.01 percent (100 parts per

million [ppm]) federal limit for total lead content.

Lead is a heavy metal that is toxic for children, and associated with

lowered levels of learning, impaired hearing, brain damage, and at high

levels it can be fatal. The new 100 ppm lead content limit does not apply

to internal parts of children’s products and certain component parts of

children’s electronic devices, such as electronic connectors and plugs,

including headphone plugs.

“Through our partnership with CPSC, we have worked hard to assure families

that the product safety net in New Hampshire continues to grow stronger,”

said Dr. José Montero, Director of the Division of Public Health Services

at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. “As a result

of this decision, caregivers can rest assured that lead should be virtually

nonexistent in toys and other children’s products.”

Lead content limits for children’s products are different from the levels

Congress set for lead in paint or surface coatings. The limit for lead in

paint or surface coatings is 0.009 percent, which has been in place since

August 14, 2009. Independent third party testing is required for all paints

or surfaces coatings used on children’s products.

Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell a recalled

product. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, visit:

SaferProducts.gov, call CPSC’s Hotline at 1-800-638-2772 or teletypewriter

at 1-800-638-8270 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain the news

release and product safety information at www.cpsc.gov. To join a free

e-mail subscription list, go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx