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Kula Klips recalls Comb-Style Snap Klips

Starting date:
December 10, 2014
Posting date:
December 10, 2014
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Children's Products, Jewellery
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Chemical Hazard
General Public
Identification number:

Affected products

Various Kula Klips comb-style snap hair clips

Product description

This recall involves Kula Klips comb-style snap hair clips.  The metal hair clips have a yellowish surface coating with various fabric type decorations attached to the clip. They were sold in a package of three hair clips. The product can be identified by the name Kula Klips and a New Comb Klips! sticker in the top left corner of the package.  The package also has the statement Snap Klips With No-Slip Grip.

Hazard identified

The surface coating on the hair clips contains lead in excess of the allowable limit, posing a chemical hazard. Under the Surface Coating Materials Regulations of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, it is illegal to import, advertise or sell articles for children with a surface coating material containing more than 90mg/kg of lead.

Lead is very toxic to children, even at low exposure levels. Children can ingest lead when they chew, suck or swallow jewellery items containing lead which can cause damage to their bodies. Potential health effects associated with exposure to high levels of lead include anemia, vomiting, diarrhea, serious brain injury, convulsions, coma as well as effects related to the liver, kidneys, heart and immune system.  In extreme cases, there have been deaths.

Neither Health Canada nor Kula Klips has received any consumer reports of incidents or illnesses related to the use of these products.

For more information on the risks and symptoms of lead and cadmium exposure, visit the Government of Canada's website Lead and Cadmium in Children's Jewellery.

Number sold

Approximately 300 of the recalled products were sold at various retailers across Canada and sold online at

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from April 2014 to December 2014.

Place of origin

Manufactured in Canada.


Kula Klips

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately take the recalled hair clips away from children and contact Kula Klips for directions on obtaining a replacement. For more information, consumers can contact Kula Klips by email.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.