|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2001
Release # 01-096b
|Company Phone Number: (800) 421-5354
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic, (301) 504-7058
Educational Games Recalled by Lakeshore Learning Materials
PRODUCT: Educational Games - Lakeshore Learning Materials, of Carson, Calif., is recalling 13,000 children's educational games. The Concept Classification Activity Kits were sold to teachers and schools nationwide between January 1992 and January 2001 for $50. Each game has various disks that say, "Hot," "Cold," "Light," "Heavy," etc. Children then match the appropriate game piece to the disk that best describes the characteristics of the object. One of the objects is a silver- covered metal weight, shaped like a disc measuring about 11/4 inches in diameter with a small loop at the top. Imprinted on one side of the disc is the partial face of a bird and the number "4"; and on the other side, it states, "4 Woody Gardena."
The Opposites Take-Home Pack, a transparent backpack with blue trimming, was sold to teachers and schools nationwide between January 1999 and January 2001 for $10. Games inside the pack include opposite picture cards, crayons, paperback book, and various objects. One of the objects is a silver-covered metal weight, shaped like a disc measuring about 11/4 inches in diameter with a small loop at the top. Imprinted on one side of the disc is the partial face of a bird and the number "4"; and on the other side, it states, "4 Woody Gardena."
PROBLEM: Metal weights found in the games contain lead, which presents a lead poisoning hazard to children. Lead poisoning in children is associated with behavioral problems, learning disabilities, hearing problems and growth retardation.
INCIDENTS/INJURIES: None reported.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers should immediately remove and discard the metal discs. To receive a lead-free replacement piece, call Lakeshore Learning Materials toll-free at (800) 421-5354 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
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