H&M recalls men’s accessory over lead poisoning risk. Here’s what to know

An accessory sold at H&M has too much lead, federal officials said. Now, there’s a nationwide recall.

The fast fashion retailer on Thursday, Sept. 21, recalled more than 12,200 units of its men’s clasp beaded bracelets due to risk of lead poisoning, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Regulators said the bracelets, made with glass and wooden beads, have trigger clasps that contain lead levels that “exceed the federal lead content ban.” No injuries have been reported as of Sept. 21.

Clothing store H&M is recalling men’s clasp beaded bracelets sold in stores and online due to high levels of lead that exceed federal limits. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Clothing store H&M is recalling men’s clasp beaded bracelets sold in stores and online due to high levels of lead that exceed federal limits. Consumer Product Safety Commission

“H&M discovered that the limit of lead in the clasp of a men’s bracelet violates the European regulation for lead content so decided to voluntarily recall the men’s clasp beaded bracelets globally out of an abundance of caution,” a company spokesperson told McClatchy News.

The accessories were sold in store and online for about $13 between January and July of this year, the commission said. The double-strand trinket has brown, orange and green beads.

Exposure to lead can cause adverse effects, especially in children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They include risk of delayed growth and development, problems with speech and damage to the brain and nervous system.

H&M advised customers to stop using the bracelets and contact them for a prepaid return mailer to receive a full refund. Consumers can reach out by phone at 855-466-7467 from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. ET, or online via the “Customer Service” link at the bottom of the homepage.

More information can be found in the “Recalled Items” section on the left-hand side.

For more information on the recall, visit the CPSC’s website here.

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