|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2007
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 767-8697
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Thomas and Friends, Curious George and Other Spinning Tops and Tin Pails Recalled By Schylling Associates Due To Violation of Lead Paint Standard
Note: There is a subsequent recall of additional spinning tops, and a penalty settlement has been reached.
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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
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.
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 September 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 www.schylling.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
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