Dollar General stores are recalling about 80,000 heart-shaped pendants because of high lead content.
The Tennessee-based discount store chain agreed with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to do a voluntary recall.
The pendants are silver-colored, ribbed on the front, hollow on the back and hang on a pink suede cord with a silver-colored clasp.
They sold for about a dollar at the chain's stores nationwide from May 2003 through last month.
Consumers should take these necklaces away from children immediately and return them to Dollar General stores for a refund.
The pendants pose a serious risk to children. Lead poisoning in children is associated with behavioral problems, learning disabilities, hearing problems and retardation.
Dollar General has set up a toll-free number, 800-678-9258 for consumers with questions. Information is also available at the company's Web site, www.dollargeneral.com
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