Children’s Chef Coat Recall Q&A



Is KNG doing this recall because someone reported a problem?

No, KNG discovered the high lead levels in a recent test and we immediately informed the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and began a voluntary recall.


Who is susceptible to lead poisoning?

Lead levels accumulate over time.  It is important to minimize the exposure to lead in all sources possible.  According to the CDC: “Children Under the age of 6 years old are the most at risk because they are growing so rapidly and because they tend to put their hands and other objects, which may be contaminated with lead dust, into their mouths.” http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips.htm#how


If my child is over the age of six is there still a concern?

Yes, lead accumulates over time in the body.  Too much lead can cause lead poisoning even in adults.  This is why the U.S. is working to minimize all sources of lead that children can come in contact with.


How does lead poisoning occur?

Lead poisoning occurs by lead being inhaled or ingested.  


What is the risk of the lead in the buttons on the KNG children’s chef coats?

It is the accumulation of lead over time that needs to be prevented.  We know there is a higher than allowed level of lead for children under 12 in the buttons of these coats.  Therefore, in an attempt to minimize your child’s exposure to all sources of lead you should choose one of the recall options.


If I have a large children’s chef coat that says it is for ages 14 to 16, can I still have the buttons changed?

Yes, KNG realizes that not all 12 year olds are the same size so we have included the large size coat in our recall.  We really want to minimize the issue of lead in your home so even if your child is 14 years old, we are happy to replace the buttons on the coat.


What are other sources of lead that my child could come in contact with.

There are many sources of lead.  The Mayo Clinic outlines many of the sources of lead commonly found.  http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lead-poisoning/basics/causes/con-20035487


How do I know if my child’s coat is part of the recall?

Look under the KNG label and the fabric label; if you see a date code 9014 or higher, then the coat does not have the affected buttons.  The code is Month (9) followed by a zero for spacing and then the year (14).  October 2014 will have a date code of 1014. (not 10014)


Also, coats that have had the lead buttons replaced will be marked in the same location with the words “Lead Free”.


What should I do if I have one of these children’s chef coats?

You have the choice of either sending the coat back to KNG to have the buttons replaced with lead free buttons (we will pay shipping both directions), have KNG send you replacement buttons, or dispose of the coat if you child is no longer using it.


Please let KNG know what your choice is by filling out the reply form on the right side of the recall notice page.


Is the lead in paint on the surface of the buttons?

No, there is no lead paint on these buttons.  The lead is part of the plastic resin the buttons are made from so the lead is not concentrated on the outside of the buttons.  


Can I just throw my child’s chef coat away?

Yes you may dispose of your chef coat in your normal weekly trash without any issues.  EPA's regulations state that wastes from households (i.e., garbage and trash) are not regulated as hazardous waste under RCRA.


If you do through your coat away please E-mail recall@kng.com to inform us you chose to through your coat away.



Sources:


CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips.htm#how


EPA disposal: http://www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/tsd/lead/faq.htm


Healthy Stuff: http://www.healthystuff.org/faqs.health.php

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