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Wal-Mart Recalls Hip Charm Key Chains

Wal-Mart has recalled about 12,000 "Hip Charm" key chains. The charms on the key chain can contain high, toxic levels of lead which can cause adverse health effects if ingested. The Illinois Attorney General informed Wal-Mart and CPSC on April 16, 2008 that the key chain was found in the home of a 9-month-old child who was discovered to have high blood-levels of lead. The child was observed mouthing this key chain.

The recalled key chain has several charms including a button, clover, leaf, heart and a sand dollar. The charms hang from a silver-colored chain. The words "Hip charm" and UPC (#31568 11017) are printed on the product's packaging.

This product was manufactured in China and sold at Wal-Mart stores nationwide from April 2005 through April 2008 for about $6.

Consumers should not allow children to handle the key chain; they should also return it to any Wal-Mart store for a full refund. For further information, contact Wal-Mart at (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at

To see this release on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled key chain, please go to: