Breaking news: Havaianas flip flops made in Brazil are being recalled in United States because the decorative paint on the sole of flip flops can contain levels of lead in excess of the federal standard which is toxic if ingested by young children. About 210,000 children's flip flops have been sold in department and specialty stores nationwide from November 2006 through February 2009 for about $15 to $24 a pair.
Flip flops of the Havaianas brand containing decorative paint were sold under these model names: Baby Estampas, Baby Pets, Kids Apple, Kids Fairy, Kids Flores, Kids Lighthouse, Kids Monsters, Kids Surf, Baby Letrinhas, Kids Sports, Kids Candies, Kids Fun, Kids Love, Kids Sereias, Kids Speed, Kids Lucky Bug, Kids Pets, Kids Rock, Kids Slim, Kids Wonder Woman, Kids Small Flowers and Kids Tropical w/Kit.
The manufacturer, Alpargatas USA Inc., based in New York, is cooperating with the recall, and is offering to replace according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Consumers who wish to trade in their recalled flip flops should contact the manufacturer at http://www.havaianasus.com/CustomerService.html. CPSC said Havaianas flip flops without decorative paint are not being recalled.