CHESAPEAKE -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called upon the federal government Monday to recall a toy distributed and sold by a Chesapeake-based company and at Dollar Tree Stores nationwide.
Gov. Cuomo says 'Clingy Darts' poses a significant danger to children.
The New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection found the children's toy contains more than six times the federally allowable limit of the chemical phthalate Di (2-ethylhexyl), also known as DEHP. The chemical is known to adversely affect reproductive and developmental health in animals, according to The National Toxicology Program. Health officials worry DEHP could have the same effects on humans; especially in infants and toddlers.
The toy, which is imported by Greenbrier International, Inc. of Chesapeake, has yet to be pulled from store shelves.
'Like any other parent, I want to make sure our children are safe. This toy which is made with excessively high levels of the DEHP chemical poses an unacceptable risk to our kids and should not be on any store shelves,' Governor Cuomo said. 'I urge Dollar Tree to voluntarily pull the item from its shelves and call on the federal government to issue a recall of this product immediately.'
13News Now reached out to Dollar Tree for comment Monday, but has yet to hear back.
If anyone has the 'Clingy Darts' at home, they can dispose of them by simply throwing them in the garbage, or they can choose to set them aside in a safe area and await any future recall instructions.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 mandates that manufacturers and importers test all toys designed or intended primarily for children 12 years of age and younger for compliance with the CPSC's toy safety standards. Additionally, manufacturers and importers must test all of their children's toys manufactured after December 31, 2011 for compliance with the CPSC's ban on phthalates.