Burners might have missed warnings about possible
death, incapacitation from lead content, leaky fluid of blinkies.
WASHINGTON—BlinkyCo announced recalls Friday for 487 million Chinese-made ‘blinky’ items including popular glowsticks, blinking necklaces, rings and blinky pins, and warned that more could be ordered off store shelves because of a high lead content in the plastic and leaks allowing the toxic glow liquid to be swallowed. The government warned consumers against putting any blinkies in direct contact with the skin and absolutely, positively, under no circumstances to put any blinkies in any body orifices. If anyone comes into contact with a contaminated blinky they are advised to seek immediate medical attention. If no medical access is readily available victims should call their loved ones to say goodbye. When BlinkyCo was asked how the recall might affect the blinky bailout plan for the Playa, BlinkyCo had no comment.
Nancy A. Nord, acting Consumer Product Safety Commission chairman, said no injuries have been reported with any of the products involved thanks to excessive media coverage leading up to the holiday weekend. When asked if the recall was going to affect the Playa’s blinky bailout, Nord had no comment.
In full-page ads in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today on Thursday last week, BlinkyCo said it has “one of the most trusted names with ravers” and was “working extremely hard to address your concerns and continue creating safe, entertaining toys for you and your party friends.” Hundreds of injuries at Paul Oakenfeld ‘raves’ had been reported in an earlier glow-pacifier recall last November. At least one U.S. raver died and 19 others needed emergency gum surgery and scores of others had to have their stomachs pumped after exposure to lead and/or swallowing fluid used in the blinkies, Nord said.
“Another week, another recall of Chinese-made rave toys,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who suggested detaining and inspecting all Chinese blinky imports for lead and leaks. “We can’t wait any longer for China to crack down on its lax safety standards. This needs to stop now before more ravers and their families are put at risk.” When asked how the blinky recall was going to affect the blinky bailout plan for the Playa’s gift economy, Senator Durbin had no comment.
Lead is toxic if ingested. Under current regulations products found to have more than .08 percent lead accessible to users are subject to a recall. For information about Thursday’s recalls, consumers should call BlinkyCo at 888-597-6597 for information about blinkies with lead paint and 888-310-6215 for information about blinkies with leaking fluid.