New recall notices were issued for four manufacturers' toys this afternoon -- all made in China, and all because they contain potentially unsafe levels of toxic lead:
None of the products are known to have caused illness in children, but damage from lead exposure often produces subtle effects on brain development that aren't immediately recognized. Some of the toys being recalled were sold years ago, so there is a possibility that toys deteriorated and lead paint cracked and peeled -- providing a greater chance of exposure.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission released this information about the recalled toys: Children's Metal Jewelry Recalled by TOBY N.Y.C. TOBY N.Y.C. Recall Hotline: (866) 235-0588 or email@example.com. CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
The CPSC warned consumers to stop using TOBY & ME Jewelry Sets manufactured in China, including:
The sets retail for about $8 at Sold at: T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and A.J.Wright, were sold from August 2006 through May 2007, and were packaged in pink gift boxes with "TOBY & ME" printed on the front and "TOBY & ME" hangtags attached to the packaging. About 14,000 are on the market. For additional photos, click here.
Children's Charm Bracelets Sold by Buy-Rite Designs Inc., of Freehold, N.J. Buy-Rite Recall Hotline: (888) 777-7952 or www.buyriteinc.com. CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
The CPSC warned consumers to take Children's Divine Inspiration Charm Bracelets away from children. The recalled charm bracelets, made in China, have silver-colored charms, including angels, crosses, and hearts, and clear and pink beads that hang from a silver-colored chain. About 7,900 have been sold for about $1 at dollar stores and other small retail stores nationwide between March 2004 through August 2007 for about $1. For additional photos, click here.
Thomas and Friends, Curious George and Other Spinning Tops and Tin Pails By Schylling Associates, of Rowley, Mass. Schylling Associates's Recall Hotline: (800) 767-8697 or www.schylling.com. CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
The CPSC warned consumers to remove these products made in China from children: Spinning tops and metal pails with certain popular characters painted on them. The spinning tops are primarily metal and have wooden handles. The tops are painted with Thomas and Friends, Curious George, or a circus scene. The pails are painted with Thomas and Friends, Curious George, or in a solid red or yellow color. Tops with plastic handles are not included in this recall. About 66,000 spinning tops and about 4,700 tin pails sold for about $6 between July 2001 and July 2002 at specialty toy stores and gift shops were recalled today. For additional pictures, click here.
SpongeBob SquarePants Character Address Books and Journals by Martin Designs Inc., of Ashland, Ohio Martin Designs Inc.'s Recall Hotline: (866) 898-0261 or www.martindesigns-ltd.com. CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
About 250,000 SpongeBob SquarePants Address Books and Journals made in China, and sold for about $2 between June 2006 and July 2007 at various retail stores were recalled because excessive lead is on the spirals of the notebooks and journals. The recall involves address books and journals with SpongeBob SquarePants(tm) character on the front cover and a black metal spiral binding. The UPC numbers (80773007505 for the address book and 80773002260 for the journal) are printed on the back covers. 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 For more photos, click here.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html.
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Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.
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