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California attorney general sues bounce-house makers, alleging unsafe lead levels

State Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown filed a lawsuit Wednesday against several manufacturers of children’s bounce houses that contain unsafe levels of lead.

Earlier this year the attorney general’s office received notices from the Center for Environmental Health alleging that tests had shown that parts of some bounce houses -- large, inflatable structures popular at children's parties -- were contaminated with high levels of lead.

Federal limits on lead in children’s products are 90 parts per million for painted surfaces and 300 ppm for all other parts.

In the case of some inflatable structures, the lead levels of the vinyl were as high as 5,000 ppm to 29,000 ppm. Children are usually exposed to the toxic material through hand-to-mouth contact after playing on the vinyl.

Brown’s suit demands that companies stop selling the contaminated materials and requires rental companies to post warnings.

"Kids at birthday parties can spend hours playing in bounce houses," Brown said in a statement. "The goal of our lawsuit is to eliminate any chance they will be exposed to lead while they’re jumping around having a good time."

-- Ching-Ching Ni

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Let me guess, is two-faced Whitman going to allege that brown had an office back in the '60s that was contaminated with lead paint, therefore making him a monster?

After listening to the yelling/screaming generated by the endless parties using the bouncers, I would concure that the bouncers should be pulled from the market. Forget about child safety. Think of my sanity, which can be questioned at times....

Let's see how long it takes for the Whitman campaign to "bounce" on this.

I used to jump around in those for hours at a time when i was a youngster. I will never rent one of these things for my kids now that I have received this bit of knowledge about these toxic bouncey houses of death.

Sorry Brown, most see this for what it is; away to get your name in the paper for free. Too bad people are on to you and what a complete failure you were as governor.
The sad part is that the only other choice is flip-flop Nut-Meg who seems to be on both sides of every issue.
I don't think I can stomach casting my vote for iether one of them!

Yes lead impairs the intelligence of innocent children. But there is another indisputable source of impairment of children's intelligence: When the mother smokes and drinks alcohol while pregnant as many do. What gives any mother the "right" to impair the intelligence of an innocent child? In fact, this long ignored and neglected source of mental problems in children is likely responsible for many societal problems today. But would AG Brown seek to enforce this on mothers? No, it would not be politically correct to do so would it? I say take the gloves off with criminally negligent mothers and interfere with their privacy and end their totally negligent criminal conduct of drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes while pregnant. Check and monitor them once each hour in the privacy of their homes. This is a vitally important problem which can be solved if the AG Brown and his cronies only had the political will to do so as they do with lead paint. There is no dispute on the scientific evidence on this either. Just like promises to "do the right thing" by lawyers and other public officials are virtually meaningless, promises by pregnant mothers are equally meaningless and worthless. Tough rules must be enforced to prevent this unconscionable conduct by unconscionable and ignorant and negligent mothers.

Hey Jerry, why not look at bigger problems we have here in CA?
Lead issues will never be stopped as long as companies are permitted to manufacture out of this country and import these tainted goods.

Why not go after employers hiring illegals and get some American and Legal residents employed. Maybe if you can work at jump starting the economy maybe one of those people could start a business and manufacture in CA?

Give me a break. Doesn't Jerry have anything better to spend our tax dollars on? I wish he would work on some real issue and not some stupid pet project that brings nothing to the state in the form of jobs or a higher standard of living. It's the "Toxin Police" that have driven most jobs out of California and I guess were in for a real treat when he becomes governor and kicks the truckers, gas station owners and paint shops out of the state. What a fool.

How interesting - Jerry Brown becoming an activist right before election. I think he should have taken it a step further and make it a state wide policy to sanitize those "bounce Houses" after each use also.

Brown is a moron. Go ahead and sue but do not advertise it. There are so many other things much more pressing than bounce houses.

What a joke.

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This is a very serious issue. Especially with children jumping and sweating, there is a greater opportunity for lead to enter a child's bloodstream through open pores. Unfortunately many kids toys coming from China have this problem.


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