Local Retailers Suspend Sale of Elmo Card Games
Bags Containing Lead
MD (January 14, 2009) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler today announced
that Big Lots Stores, Inc. and Dollar General
Corporation have suspended the sale of the “Elmo’s
Take-Along Card Games” bag following an investigation by
the Office of the Attorney General that found the product contained
excessive levels of lead paint. The retailers have also agreed
to accept returns of the product.
After testing on the bags by the Maryland Department of the Environment,
the Attorney General Gansler sent a letter to Big Lots and Dollar
General requesting that the stores stop selling the game bags.
Both companies immediately agreed to end the sale of the products
in their Maryland stores.
“I am pleased that Big Lots and Dollar General have agreed
to remove these potentially dangerous products from their store
shelves,” said Attorney General Gansler. “I encourage
any consumers who purchased these game bags to stop using them
and to return them to the store where they were purchased.”
Big Lots and Dollar General have agreed to accept returns and
provide refunds to consumers who purchased the game bags at their
Maryland stores. The retailers have also agreed to place posters
in their local stores informing consumers that the products were
found to contain lead and they can be returned at Big Lots and
Dollar General stores in Maryland.