The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the voluntary recall of four different lines of toys from different manufacturers. All of the recalls involve a high level of lead-based paint. Lead-based paint is very toxic, especially to young children, causing brain damage.
The first product recall involves about 250,000 units of SpongeBob SquarePants Address Books and Journals. The product is manufactured in China and is import by Martin Designs Inc., of Ashland, Ohio, who is fully cooperating with the agency in the recall. So far there have been on injuries reported, but injury from exposure to lead paint can take years to show up.
The specific products listed in the recall are address books and journals with SpongeBob SquarePants character on the front cover with a black metal spiral binding. If you think you have purchased this product, look on the back covers for the UPC numbers which are 80773007505 for the address book and 80773002260, 80773075501 and 80773007551 for the journal.
These products have been sold nationwide from June 2006 through July 2007 and the cost is about $2. If you have any, take them away from the child immediately. Then remove the UPC code from the product for proof of purchase and then contact Martin Designs Inc. for a full refund. They have a toll free number to call between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday- (866) 898-0261. You can also contact them via their web site, www.martindesigns-ltd.com
The second product is Spinning Tops and Tin Pails that are made of metal with wooden handles. Toys with plastic handles are not included in the recall. The toys have pictures of children’s characters on them- Thomas and Friends, Curious George, or a circus scene. In addition to having the characters on them, the pails may also be painted a solid red or yellow.
The wooden handles on the toys have paint that has a high level of lead. Again. No injuries have been reported.
The products are made in China and imported by Schylling Associates Inc., of Rowley, Mass. The recall involves about 66,000 spinning tops and 4,700 pails. The company is cooperating with the agency in the recall.
These products have been sold in toy and gift stores across the nation between July 2001 through July 2002. The tops cost about $13 and the pails about $6.
Take the toys away from the child and contact Schylling for a refund or free replacement toy. Their toll free number, (800) 767-8697, is open between 9 am and 5 pm ET Monday through Friday or you can contact them at their web site.
The third recall involves jewelry for girls. The name of the product is Children’s Divine Inspiration Charm Bracelets. Again the danger comes from lead paint and no injuries have yet to be reported . The charm bracelets have silver colored charms which include angels, crosses, and hearts as well as clear and pink beads all of which hang from a silver colored chain.
The recall involves about 7,900 units that were made in China and imported by Buy-Rite Designs Inc., of Freehold, N.J. They were sold at dollar stores and other types of small retail stores across the country from March 2004 through August 2007 and they cost about $1
Take the product away from the child and return it to the store where it was purchased. If you cannot take it back, contact Buy-Rite for information on how to get a refund. Buy-Rite can be reached at (888) 777-7952 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or you can contact them from their web site at www.buyriteinc.com
The forth product is another line of children’s jewelry with a high level of lead in the paint. No injuries have been reported yet with this item either.
The name of the product is TOBY & ME Jewelry Sets. The products were made in China and imported by TOBY N.Y.C., of New York, N.Y. and involves about 14,000 units.
There are three different sets of jewelry involved. The first one is a princess pink and clear crystal bead necklace and bracelet set with a painted metallic crown pendant. The second a pink and white pearl necklace and bracelet set with a painted metallic poodle pendant and the third a pink pearl necklace, earrings and ring set. All of the sets come packed in a pink gift box with “TOBY & ME” printed on the front and “TOBY & ME” hangtags attached to the packaging. They were sold at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and A.J.Wright between August 2006 and May 2007 and cost about $8.
Take it away from the child and conatct TOBY N.Y.C. for how to get a refund or replacement item. Their toll-free number is
(866) 235-0588 and is available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday You can also e mail them at. firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission http://www.cpsc.gov