A Utah company has recalled drinking glasses featuring DC Comics superheroes and Wizard of Oz characters after independent testing revealed they contain high levels of lead. Federal regulators have begun an investigation.
The tests, commissioned by The Associated Press, found the glasses contained lead up to 1,000 times the federal limit for children's products, as well as lesser amounts of the more-toxic heavy metal cadmium. The AP purchased the China-made glasses from Warner Brothers Studios store in Burbank, Calif.
The central issue may be whether the glasses are intended for children or for adults. Salt Lake City-based importer Vandor contends the products are targeted to adult collectors and passed testing for lead. However, a spokesman for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission told The AP the agency considers the glasses to be children's products, which are subject to more strict lead limits. The CPSC is collecting samples for its own testing.
In a press release announcing the voluntary recall, Vandor said that less than 10,000 sets of each item have been shipped since their January release.