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It’s pretty safe to say that we’ve all been to a party or gathering that featured a totally awesome bounce castle, competitive inflatable or other such custom inflatable. I’m sure everyone at the party had a great time hanging out and bouncing around with no other cares in the world. Well, unfortunately, that relaxing feeling is a little bit uneasy this week.
A report from the Epoch Times out of California is saying that California’s attorney general Jerry Brown has launched a massive lawsuit against manufacturers of bounce houses. The lawsuit, which was announced last Wednesday, names several manufacturers who rent out bounce houses and/or inflatable toys that exceed the amount of lead allowed by federal and state law.
“Brown’s office received notices from the Center for the Environmental Health, who said that the vinyl contained 5,000 parts per million (ppm) lead to 29,000 ppm lead. Children’s products can have a maximum of 90 ppm for lead in painted surfaces and 300 ppm everywhere else, according to federal guidelines.
Brown said the suit is designed to keep companies from selling the contaminated toys. Meanwhile, he said party rental companies need to place warnings that bounce houses may have elevated levels of lead.”
The lead on the vinyl can be transferred to the child by hand to mouth, the report says. Although unlikely to cause lead poisoning, the levels in the vinyl could cause long term health problems.
Inflatable 2000, a leader in rental inflatables in California, released a statement saying “OUR INFLATABLE RIDES AND GAMES ARE IN FULL COMPLIANCE WITH THE U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY IMPROVEMENT ACT PROP. 65 AND CPSIA WITH RESPECT TO THE MAXIMUM VALUE ALLOWED FOR LEAD (PPM) IN THE VINYL THAT OUR INFLATABLE PRODUCTS ARE MANUFACTURED WITH.”