Jo-Ann Stores Expands Recall of Children's Toy Garden Tools Due to Violation of Lead in Paint Standard

Surface paint on the handle of the toy gardening tools can contain excessive levels of lead paint, violating the federal lead paint standard.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2007
Release #08-049

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (888) 739-4120
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Jo-Ann Stores Expands Recall of Children's Toy Garden Tools Due to Violation of Lead in 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Children’s Toy Gardening Tools

Units: About 97,000 (an additional 16,000 toy rakes were recalled on September 26, 2007 and 6,000 toy watering cans on August 28, 2007)

Manufacturer: Jo-Ann Stores Inc., of Hudson, Ohio

Hazard: Surface paint on the handle of the toy gardening tools can contain excessive levels of lead paint, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves the Robbie Ducky children’s leaf rake, hoe, broom and spade. “Robbie Ducky™ Garden Collection” is printed on a tag attached to the handle. The rake has a yellow handle with the head of a tortoise and green prongs. The hoe has an orange handle with a caterpillar and a blue blade. The broom has a purple handle with a duck and an orange brush. The spade has a yellow handle with the head of a frog and a red blade. The tools measure between 27 and 29 inches long.

Picture of Recalled Children’s Toy Gardening Tools

Sold at: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores nationwide from January 2007 through September 2007 for about $7.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and return them to any Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Jo-Ann Stores toll-free at (888) 739-4120 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email the firm at guest.services@jo-annstores.com, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.joann.com