Those of us who defend property owners in lead poisoning litigation always look for an alternate source of the infant plaintiff’s exposure. Sometimes the child has spent summers in a country which does not prohibit lead-based paint in housing interiors and/or does not regulate leaded gasoline emissions as carefully as does our own federal government. Sometimes she ingests lead from toys, cosmetics or home remedies that are manufactured abroad. In a case we defended years ago, our client retrieved Chinese-made crayons from the plaintiff’s apartment; not only did the crayons have teeth marks but they also had very high levels of lead. Invariably, we examine all surfaces that young children can access with their mouths, cribs in particular.
On May 8, 2015, Baby’s Dream Furniture Inc., of Buena Vista, Ga., recalled approximately 4,600 full-size cribs, furniture pieces and accessories because their surfaces exceed federal lead limits. The recall involves products sold in a vintage grey paint finish under the Brie, Braxton, Heritage, Everything Nice and Legendary collections. The items were manufactured in Chile between March 2014 and March 2015 and in Chile. A label affixed to the bottom of the crib’s back frame and the back panel of the furniture lists the product name, date and location of manufacture, model number and purchase order number (PO#). The cribs sold in specialty furniture stores nationwide and online at BabysDream.com for $350 to $900 for the cribs, the dressers, hutches, nightstands, bookcases and chests for $450 to $1,000 and the accessories for $100 to $300. Anyone who is interested in this subject, whether a consumer or legal professional involved in lead poisoning litigation, can go to www.cpsc.gov to obtain the model numbers.