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Here in California, everyone wears sunglasses–even kids and all year round. Unfortunately, lead has been found on some children’s sunglasses that might be particularly popular and have been recalled.

According to Daily Finance:

“More than 200,000 of the sunglasses were sold at CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Kmart, Bon Ton and other stores between December 2013 and March 2014.”

The recalled sunglasses were from Disney and Marvel and include “Cars” characters, Mickey Mouse Club graphics, and Spiderman.

What should you do if you have sunglasses which may contain lead paint?

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that you take the sunglasses away from children as soon as possible and return them to the store they were purchased for replacement or refund.

We are particularly disturbed when we hear stories about lead in children’s products, but they seem to be what we hear most often:

Lead in baby food

Lead in Halloween costumes

Lead in Jewelry

Lead in candy

Lead in hot sauce

Lead in spices

As you can see, lead paint in an older home or building is not the only source of exposure to lead and the risks of lead poisoning. If you have purchased sunglasses for your kids recently, check and see if they are on the recall list. And if you do have lead paint challenges in your home or commercial building, call Alliance for safe and efficient removal of this dangerous material.