May 22, 1991


Release # 91-075


WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Polymerics, Inc. of Waltham, MA is voluntarily recalling approximately 700,000 paint kits because the paint on the wooden handles of the brushes sold with the kits contains excess lead. Children's products which contain paint with lead in excess of 0.06 percent by weight are banned by CPSC regulations.

The Jumpin' Jeans Denim Paint kits come with three small containers of paint in various colors and a four-inch paint brush with a yellow handle. The display card shows older children wearing painted denim outfits, and the brightly colored card reads in part: "Jumpin' Jeans Denim Paint - Dazzle on Denim - Easy to be Creative & Paint."

The paints included in these kits do not contain lead; only the brush handles contain lead. This corrective action does not involve any other Polymerics products.

Each kit sold for prices ranging from $5.00 to $6.99 and was distributed nationwide from January 1990 through January 1991.

Consumers are urged to discontinue use of the paint brushes and return them and all remaining kit materials to the retailer where purchased for a full refund of the purchase price. Consumers who have questions about this recall should call Polymerics, Inc. toll-free at 800-458-7010. In Massachusetts, call 617-891-5848.

The company reported the potential problem to the CPSC.

The CPSC's mission is to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The CPSC is the Federal agency responsible for consumer product safety. Some 15,000 different types of consumer products fall within the Commission's jurisdiction and each year these products are involved in an estimated 29 million injuries and 22,000 deaths.