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Sleepharmony Metal Youth Beds recalled due to lead paint hazard

Slieepharmony Metal Youth BedIf you’ve got a pink Sleepharmony Metal Youth bed for you child that has a center support beam, it’s been recalled due to lead levels in excess of the legal maximum. The beds were sold from Feb 14th 2012 and June 16th 2013 with manufacture dates from 2011-2013.

Lead paint when consumed, inhaled, etc causes neurological damage. According to the AACAP:

Exposure to lead can have a wide range of effects on a child’s development and behavior. Even when exposed to small amounts of lead levels, children may appear inattentive, hyperactive and irritable. Children with greater lead levels may also have problems with learning and reading, delayed growth and hearing loss. At high levels, lead can cause permanent brain damage and even death.

You can check out the recall notice at the consumer product safety commission, although that’ll just point you to the Glideaway recall site. Should be noted only the pink painted ones were recalled. There are black and white versions were not. So it’s most likely just the paint, you know, the chippable part your kind could ingest.

There’s also no indication of how much lead is actually in the paint, so this might not be a cause for freakout, could just be a mild contamination in a batch, but it’s pretty odd that in this day and age lead paint can still be a concern considering how few places actually still use it for anything.

My guess is Sleepharmony just purchased the paint from a vendor unsuspecting… but considering how cheap lead test strips are these days, you would think they would have plunked down the $10 for every 8 batches of paint to do a quick test.

Paul King

Paul King lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and cats. He writes for Pocketables, theITBaby, and is an IT consultant along with doing tech support for a film production company.