Local Goodwill stores will no longer sell many children's clothes, toys and other items, citing liability concerns over new federal safety regulations that take effect today.
Painted toys and clothing with metal clasps or fasteners -- including blue jeans, coats and hooded jackets for children 12 and younger -- were pulled from store shelves Monday night, said Gayle Goetz, vice president of development for Goodwill Industries Easter Seals of Kansas.
The move affects 14 Goodwill stores in Kansas, including three in Wichita and one in Maize.
"We kept hoping we'd get some guidance, so we waited," Goetz said. "We had our legal committee look at it last night and determined that there's just too much liability."
At issue is the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, passed by Congress last year in response to widespread recalls of products that posed a threat to children, including toys made with lead or lead-based paint.
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