WASHINGTON – More than a half-million pieces of Chinese-made children’s jewelry contaminated with lead are being recalled, it was announced Wednesday. The recalled merchandise involves 205,000 pieces sold by Family Dollar Stores Inc., 200,000 pieces sold by Michaels Stores Inc., 43,000 charm bracelets and tack pin sets sold by Big Lots Inc. and 45,000 stretchable bracelets imported by Cherrydale Fundraising LLC, 10,400 necklaces and bracelets manufactured by Colossal Jewelry & Accessories Inc., and 4,500 necklace and earring sets made by La Femme NY 2 Inc., officials announced. The enforcement action was a cooperative effort by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission. The CPSC said it was tipped about the hazardous jewerly by Cuomo’s office. In addition to the recall, a number of retailers, including Big Lots and Michaels, agreed in a settlement to immediately stop sales of lead-tainted jewelry. “Today’s metal jewelry recalls are a good example of when CPSC partners with a state agency that shares our commitment to protecting children from products with dangerous lead,” spokesman Scott Wolfson said. “Metal jewelry is a product where one child has died in the past and others have suffered lead poisoning.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsA total of 507,900 pieces were involved in the recall. The CPSC works with companies to issue recalls when it finds consumer goods that can be harmful. Most such recalls are voluntary. Under current regulations, children’s products found to have more than .06 percent lead are usually subject to a recall, in which the company must reimburse consumers for the value of the product, provide a replacement or offer a repair. In March 2006 a Minnesota boy died of lead poisoning after swallowing a metal pendant from a charm bracelet that came with a pair of Reebok shoes. That incident resulted in a recall. In December of last year the CPSC voted unanimously to move forward in a process that could ultimately lead to a ban on children’s jewelry containing more than .06 percent lead by weight. The commission is hoping to move to the next stage of enacting the ban before then end of January 2008. Other regional retailers who reached agreements with Cuomo’s office to discontinue sales of affected products include Pure Allure of Oceanside, and Buckwholesale.com, of Tucker, Ga., Dollar Days International of Scottsdale, Ariz. Cuomo commended Michaels Stores and Big Lots for acting quickly and “agreeing to safeguards against lead contamination.” In a statement, Michaels said it removed all Pure Allure products suspected of lead contamination from its store shelves when it learned about Cuomo’s investigation. The company added that it conducts routine checks with vendors and its own independent testing. Big Lots, which agreed to pay a $1,000 penalty under the settlement, has 1,300 discount stores nationwide.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Most of AVMotoplex’s riders come from the Antelope Valley, but some come from the San Fernando Valley, Bakersfield or farther. Some are competitive riders, who practice several days a week, including a number of youngsters whose parents drive them to national races as far away as Florida. While Antelope Valley riders would seem to have nearly limitless – if not always legal – places to ride for free, the track has a steady clientele at $25 a rider ($15 for the peewee track). The desert doesn’t have groomed jumps, flagmen to stop other riders when there’s a spill and paramedics minutes away, Lundin said. The track doesn’t have unexpected mine shafts and dune buggies, or 4-wheel-drive trucks whose drivers aren’t looking out for motorcyclists. “If you own a Ferrari and you want to learn to drive it to its potential, you can’t do that on the street,” Lundin said of the difference between desert and track riding. Brett Sauve of Simi Valley drove one hour and 10 minutes to get to the track with his 18-year-old son, Trevor, and a friend. They’ve been riding at the Lancaster track since it opened and also travel to motocross courses in Adelanto, at the L.A. County Raceway in Palmdale and near Gorman. “This track is challenging. It’s got good jumps,” said Sauve, 44, who’s been riding since he was a teenager and competes in the age 40 pro bracket. “They maintain it real well. It’s become of the nicer tracks in the area.” AVMotoplex’s phone number is (661) 723-0773. Its Web site is www.avmotoplex.com. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – On any Sunday – or any Wednesday, Friday or Saturday – motocross enthusiasts roar around the dirt track and obstacles at AVMotoplex. Helmeted, safety-suited 5-year-olds on 50 cc miniature motorcycles scoot around the peewee track while men on 450 cc motocross racers zoom over jumps on the main track. “They both started when they were 3. They had training wheels on their bikes,” Jaren Garrett of Mojave said as he watched sons Seth, 6, and Kade, 5, ride around the minitrack. “They love it. It’s all they ever talk about.” Opened in May, expanded in October with 25,000 tons of sand and dirt trucked in for jumps and berms, and due to host a southern round of the 30th annual Golden State MX National series Feb. 5, the complex is on leased land at the rear of the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. AVMotoplex owner Robert Lundin, 28, started riding himself when he was about 6. Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, he rode motorcycles on family property some 15 miles west of Lancaster. He and a partner organized motorcycle races out at the old Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in central Lancaster, and after the fairgrounds moved, the fair board gave him permission to open a permanent track on fair property adjoining the Antelope Valley Freeway. Lundin’s making plans to operate a much bigger motocross complex in the Castaic area, proposed in a canyon between the north- and southbound lanes of Interstate 5. But on Saturday, Lundin – who has degrees in business law and management and an MBA from California State University, Northridge – was washing mud off a tractor in preparation for the arrival of a mechanic as dozens of riders circled the Lancaster tracks. “I knew I wanted to go into business for myself and knew either I was going to own a bike shop or try to build a track,” Lundin said.