In the news yesterday, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that certain designs of Havaianas children’s flipflops are being immediately recalled from the market due to excessive levels of lead in the paint used for decorative designs.
The announcement, found here, says:
Flip flops of the Havaianas brand containing decorative paint were sold under the following model names: Baby Estampas, Baby Pets, Kids Apple, Kids Fairy, Kids Flores, Kids Lighthouse, Kids Monsters, Kids Surf, Baby Letrinhas, Kids Sports, Kids Candies, Kids Fun, Kids Love, Kids Sereias, Kids Speed, Kids Lucky Bug, Kids Pets, Kids Rock, Kids Slim, Kids Wonder Woman, Kids Small Flowers and Kids Tropical w/Kit. A photo of a representative flip flop is provided below. Havaianas flip flops without decorative paint are not being recalled. (Emphasis mine.)
My daughter V has a pair of Kids Lucky Bug. My nieces and nephews, whose parents are certified Havaianas junkies, I’m sure have Havaianas children’s flipflops that are part of the recall.
Please check your kids’ flipflops. You can compare photos of kids’ flipflops here with the list above. I am not sure how the distributor in the Philippines (Terry S.A.) will deal with this recall. Let’s all keep posted.
Meanwhile, don’t let the kids wear those ‘flops anymore. just yet.
UPDATE: March 5, 2009 / 11:40 PM
According to QTV News tonight, the local distributor in the Philippines, Terry S.A., has temporarily stopped selling flipflops with the same designs as listed in the US Recall. The pull-out is a precautionary measure, they say. This, while the company is determining whether or not the flipflops sold in our country came from the same batch as those being recalled in the U.S. While that is not yet determined, and while samples are being tested, there is no offer yet for replacement of flipflops from Terry S.A.
Let’s hope they’re not the same batches.
(Watch news video here.)