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Lead Paint Causes Nintendo to Recall Lapel Pins

by Nick DiMola - April 30, 2008, 9:48 pm EDT
Total comments: 10 Source: Nintendo

Lapel pins depicting popular characters found to contain unsafe levels of lead paint.

Lapel pins sold by Nintendo at its two stores, the Nintendo World Store in New York City and the Nintendo “Fun & Games” Employee Store in Redmond, as well as pins distributed across the country as promotional material, have been found to contain unsafe levels of lead paint.

Nintendo began distribution of these pins in April 2004 and completed distribution this past November 2007. But it was not until now that Nintendo realized that the pins, which they purchased from an outside supplier, contained lead exceeding the levels permitted by US regulations.

If you have purchased or obtained any of these pins, Nintendo is offering to replace them free of charge. Pin owners can reach Nintendo toll-free at 1-800-431-0971 to arrange replacement of any pins containing the lead paint.


Nick DiMolaNick DiMola, Staff AlumnusMay 01, 2008

Remember, this is key, if you own any of these pins, make sure NOT to eat them. I repeat, DO NOT eat these pins. I know they look tasty and you just want to savour that lead paint goodness but, resist the urge. The whole pin part may not be so fun in your stomach either...

I own two of these.

Do you now, or have you ever, felt the urge to eat them?

EasyCureMay 01, 2008

I own a few of these as well and i must say the mario "M" emblem looks the most delicious by far... not that i havent thought about eating up the Link pin....

KDR_11kMay 01, 2008

But I just mastered them! Nintendo is so trendy they get double damage everywhere!

oohhboyHong Hang Ho, Staff AlumnusMay 01, 2008

Any chance they were made in China?

MorariMay 01, 2008


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diedrichMay 01, 2008

Quote from: oohhboy

Any chance they were made in China?

According to another story I read, the lapels are made in China.

DAaaMan64May 01, 2008

Quote from: Morari

Lapel pins dangerous? Barack Obama knew all along!

LOL that was actually pretty good...

Tuxedo.BondMay 02, 2008

Unsafe levels? All lead is unsafe...

What they don't tell you is the "safe" levels are not much lower.

Besides eating them, you can absorb the poison by touching them as it gets on your hands, and then you rub your eyes and stuff.

But yeah... just don't lick them and you'll be mostly OK.

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