The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall on a brand of children’s mood rings on September 21, 2010. The brand in question is “Love Tester” Mood Rings, imported by D&D Distributing Wholesale out of Tacoma, Washington. About 19,000 of the rings were sold throughout the United States in smaller retail stores from September 2005 through June 2010. They retailed for around four dollars.
Love Tester Mood Rings Found to Have High Level of Lead
Anyone with the mood ring (pictured) should stop using it. Love Tester Mood Rings, which are manufactured in China, were found to contain a high level of lead. Continued exposure to lead, even in small amounts, can be harmful to young children and infants. Common symptoms of lead exposure are “appetite loss, abdominal pain, constipation, fatigue, sleeplessness, irritability, and headache” according to Health Canada. Lead exposure can also lead to kidney damage.
While no injuries have been reported thus far on the Love Tester Mood Rings, parents should take the product away from their child’s possession and return it to the store where they purchased it for a refund.
Love Tester Necklace Also Recalled
There is also an accompanying Love Tester Necklace which is part of this recall as well. About 4,000 of the necklaces were sold during the time frame listed above. The necklace is 18 inches long and also acts as a “mood tester” in the same way the rings do. The necklace and ring were each sold separately.
History and Popularity of Mood Rings
Mood rings were a fad in the 1970s, where adults and kids alike were seen wearing them. They were invented by Joshua Reynolds, and over the years their popularity with adults waned, but nevertheless they still remained popular with children. The mood ring is meant to tell a person’s mood by changing color.
The way mood jewelry actually works is that the ring or necklace contain thermo-tropic liquid crystals which change with temperature. As a person’s skin temperature gets cooler or hotter, the molecular structure is altered, which results in a change of color. So mood rings cannot predict or tell actual mood, but they will change from one color to the next.
If consumers are unable to return the Love Tester Mood Rings or Necklace, or otherwise have questions, they are encouraged to call D&D Distributing at (800) 262-9435, or visit the firm’s website.