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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Elegant Gifts Mart, LLC, of Los Angeles, California, has announced a voluntary recall of approximately 1,600 folding chairs and 1,300 stools of children’s furniture imported from China and sold by “1 to 7 Stores” in Puerto Rico, due to a violation of the federal lead paint standards for furniture and toys.

The problem with the children’s furniture is that the yellow paint on the surface of the metal frame of the children's folding chairs and stools contains excessive levels of lead which is prohibited under U.S. federal law. The chairs and stools were made in China. The chairs are folding chairs and the stools have yellow metal tube frames. The plastic seat, seat back and stool have pictures of teddy bears, monkeys, mushrooms and heart-shaped balloons on them. Consumers can locate a white sticker beneath the chair’s seat with the number JCA8036 on it, and on a sticker underneath the stool, the number JCA8037 can be located.

The chairs and stools were sold exclusively by the “1 to Seven” Stores in Puerto Rico from September 2010 through June 2011 for between $5 and $6. Consumers should remove the chairs and stools from children’s play areas and access, and return them to any “1 to Seven” Store in Puerto Rico or contact Elegant Gifts Mart for a full refund. For more information and return instructions, consumers may call 1 to Seven at 1(787) 290-5625 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET, or call Elegant Gifts Mart collect at (323) 698-6805 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

For photos of the chairs and stools being recalled, please visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website at

How does this keep happening? Manufacturing facilities in China continue to keep making toys and children's products containing lead. Lead is toxic, especially to growing children. John Grisham just had a story line about this in his recent novel entitled "The Litigators"; while it was a work of fiction, it still struck a truthful chord about Chinese made toys. Congress must find a way to hold these manufacturers, and U.S. distributors, responsible for these harmful products. The marketplace is not succeeding at this time, mainly because the products are so cheap.

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