AG Sues Manufacturers of Baby Furniture

Lawsuit alleges formaldehyde levels too high and unsafe.

By EGP News Service

California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. late last month sued five baby furniture manufacturers for failing to warn consumers about the dangerous levels of formaldehyde gas emitted by their products, including cribs and changing tables.

“We’re suing these companies because parents deserve to know if there’s a dangerous chemical in products for children,” Brown said. “Over the past two years, we’ve brought other actions to ensure the safety of children’s products, such as lead in toys and phthalates in baby bibs. Increasingly, the wood and other materials in consumer products are produced globally, and the lack of tough safeguards and strict enforcement can lead to dangerous levels of exposure.”

In 1986 voters passed Proposition 65 to require manufacturers to provide “clear and reasonable warnings” of chemicals in their products that are known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

The state’s lawsuit alleges that Child Craft, Delta Enterprise Corp., Stork Craft, South Shore Industries and Jardine Enterprises manufactured baby furniture, such as cribs and changing tables, that emit formaldehyde—a chemical known to cause cancer—and failed to provide any warning about this risk.

Brown says tests by the Environmental California Research and Policy Center, an organization that evaluates products for carcinogens, tested the companies’ baby furniture and found the products exceeded the limit of 40 micrograms per day.

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October 9, 2008  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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