California Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) has sued nine manufacturers of vinyl bounce houses under the state’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Prop. 65), alleging failure to provide a lead and lead compounds exposure warning. California v. Bay Area Jump, No. N/A (Cal. Super. Ct., Alameda County 8/11/10).  

The complaint alleges that inflatable children’s bounce houses exceed federal lead limits of 90 parts per million (ppm) for painted surfaces and 300 ppm for all other parts. The lawsuit was reportedly prompted by tests showing lead levels in defendants’ products between 5,000 and 29,000 ppm. The tests were conducted by the Center for Environmental Health, which purportedly sampled dozens of bounce houses in the state. Seeking declaratory and injunctive relief and civil penalties, the complaint also alleges violations of federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and the state’s Unfair Competition Act. See The New York Times, August 11, 2010.