The largest recall affects about 250,000 SpongeBob SquarePants address books and journals, manufactured in China and imported by Martin Designs. They have been recalled because paint on the metal spiral bindings can contain high levels of lead.

The books feature the SpongeBob SquarePants character on the front cover and a black metal spiral binding. The UPC numbers (80773007505 for the address book and 80773002260, 80773075501 and 80773007551 for the journal) are printed on the back covers.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the recalls in cooperation with Martin Designs, which is based in Ashland, Ohio.

Consumers are advised to take the recalled address books and journals away from children. Consumers should remove the UPC as proof of ownership and contact Martin Designs at 1-866-898-0261 for a full refund.

About 66,000 spinning tops and about 4,700 pails painted with Thomas & Friends, Curious George, circus scenes or solid colors have also been recalled because paint on the wooden handles contains high levels of lead. The toys were manufactured in China and imported by Schylling Associates.

About 14,000 TOBY & ME jewelry sets, and about 7,900 Children's Divine Inspiration Charm Bracelets have also been recalled.

The jewelry sets are sold in a pink gift box with "TOBY & ME" printed on the front and was sold at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and A.J. Wright stores. The charm bracelets have silver-colored charms and clear and pink beads that hang from a silver-colored chain. They were sold at dollar stores and other small retail stores nationwide

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2007
Release #07-283
Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 898-0261
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
 

 

Martin Designs Inc. Recalls SpongeBob SquarePants™ Character Address Books and Journals Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: SpongeBob SquarePants™ Address Books and Journals

Units: About 250,000

Importer: Martin Designs Inc., of Ashland, Ohio

Hazard: The paint on the metal spiral bindings of the address books and journals can contain excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint ban. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

Incidents/Injuries: None.

Description: The recall involves address books and journals with SpongeBob SquarePants™ character on the front cover and a black metal spiral binding. The UPC numbers (80773007505 for the address book and 80773002260 and 80773075501 for the journal) are printed on the back covers.

Sold at: Retail stores nationwide from June 2006 through July 2007 for about $2.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled address books and journals away from children. Consumers should remove the UPC as proof of ownership and contact Martin Designs Inc. for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Martin Designs Inc. toll-free at (866) 898-0261 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm�s Web site at www.martindesigns-ltd.com

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