More Made In China Toys Recalled

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in voluntary cooperation with the companies listed below has issued another slew of recalls for toys made in China that may be potentially hazardous to children due to paint with unsafe amounts of lead. The toys affected include:

  • About 250,000 SpongeBob Square Pants Character Address Books and Journals by Martin Designs Inc.
  • About 66,000 Thomas and Friends, Curious George and Other spinning tops and about 4,700 pails by Schylling Associates Inc.
  • About 7,900 Children’s Charm Bracelets Sold by Buy-Rite
  • About 14,000 TOBY & ME Jewelry Sets Children’s Metal Jewelry Recalled by TOBY N.Y.C.

Information about each item from the Recall notices issued are below.

Martin Designs Inc. Recalls SpongeBob Square Pants Character Address Books and Journals Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard:

Name of Product: SpongeBob SquarePants(tm) 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(tm) 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.

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 http://www.martindesigns-ltd.com/.

Thomas and Friends, Curious George and Other Spinning Tops and Tin Pails Recalled by Schylling Associates Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard:

Name of Product: Spinning Tops and Tin Pails

Units: About 66,000 spinning tops and about 4,700 pails

Importer: Schylling Associates Inc., of Rowley, Mass.

Hazard: Surface paints on the wooden handles of the tops and pails contain excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

Incidents/Injuries: None.

Description: The recalled tops and pails 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.

Sold at: Specialty toy stores and gift shops nationwide from July 2001 through July 2002. The tops were sold for about $13. The pails were sold for about $6.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Schylling to receive a refund or free replacement toy.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Schylling at (800) 767-8697 between 9 am and 5 pm ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at http://www.schylling.com/.

Children’s Charm Bracelets Sold by Buy-Rite Recalled Due to Risk of Lead Exposure:

Name of Product: Children’s Divine Inspiration Charm Bracelets

Units: About 7,900

Importer: Buy-Rite Designs Inc., of Freehold, N.J.

Hazard: The recalled jewelry contains high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled charm bracelets have silver-colored charms, including angels, crosses, and hearts, and clear and pink beads that hang from a silver-colored chain.

Sold at: Dollar stores and other small retail stores nationwide from March 2004 through August 2007 for about $1.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled jewelry away from children and return it to store where purchased for a full refund. If unable to return it to the store, contact Buy-Rite for information on how to receive a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Buy-Rite at (888) 777-7952 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at http://www.buyriteinc.com/.

Children’s Metal Jewelry Recalled by TOBY N.Y.C. Due to Risk of Lead Exposure:

Name of Product: TOBY & ME Jewelry Sets

Units: About 14,000

Importer: TOBY N.Y.C., of New York, N.Y.

Hazard: The recalled metal jewelry sets contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The three recalled jewelry sets include: a princess pink and clear crystal bead necklace and bracelet set with a painted metallic crown pendant; a pink and white pearl necklace and bracelet set with a painted metallic poodle pendant; and a pink pearl necklace, earrings and ring set. All sets are sold in a pink gift box with “TOBY & ME” printed on the front and “TOBY & ME” hangtags attached to the packaging.

Sold at: T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and A.J.Wright from August 2006 through May 2007 for about $8.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled jewelry away from children and contact TOBY N.Y.C. for information on receiving a full refund or replacement item.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact TOBY N.Y.C. toll-free at (866) 235-0588 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or email the firm at info@tobynyc.com.

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