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Bouncing Can Be Dangerous to Kids’ Health, Says Suit by California’s AG

Posted Aug 12, 2010 11:32 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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California Attorney General Jerry Brown has filed a lawsuit that claims some inflatable bounce houses for kids have dangerous levels of lead.

The suit seeks to force manufacturers to stop using vinyl that contains lead and to post warnings about high lead levels, the New York Times reports. “I certainly don’t want to be a kill joy here,” Brown told the Times. “I just think parents should be cognizant.”

The suit is based on an investigation by a California advocacy group that tested dozens of the bubble-like structures that are so popular at children’s parties. A spokesman for the group, the Center for Environmental Health, says children should wipe their hands and faces after playing in bounce houses.

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