First it was the phthalates in rubber duckies. Now it’s the formaldehyde in cribs.
Is there no place safe to stick your kid anymore?
Attorney General Jerry Brown today announced that he’s suing (.pdf) five baby-furniture manufacturers because their products, ranging from cribs to changing tables, contain unlabeled and potentially high levels of formaldehyde. That means dozing Junior could be inhaling unhealthy levels of the stuff found in embalming solutions.
Prop. 65 suits like this one have long been a favorite of the attorney general’s office, which has successfully pursued manufacturers of lead-laden candy, lead-laden jewelry and lead-laden soda bottles. State prosecutors and private plaintiffs secured Prop. 65 settlements totaling more than $11.8 million last year, according to the AG’s office (.pdf).
In the current case, Brown is seeking civil penalties of up to $2,500 for each day of violations.
— Cheryl Miller