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CPSC, Toys "R" Us, Inc. Announce Recall of Solid-colored and Multi- colored Sidewalk Chalk

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Recall Date:
November 24, 2003

Recall Details

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 24, 2003
Release #04-038
Company Phone Number: (866) 274-6340

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. 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: Multi-colored and solid-colored sidewalk chalk.

Units: 50,000 packages

Manufacturer: Manufactured by Agglo Corporation, Hong Kong (China), and imported by Toys "R" Us, Inc., Paramus, NJ.

Hazard: The multi-colored and solid-colored sidewalk chalk contains high levels of lead, posing a risk of poisoning to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: None.

Description: The sidewalk chalk is packaged in a clear-plastic backpack-type carrying case with these words on the label: "Chalk To Go...Totally Me!...24 pieces, sidewalk chalk in different colors, fun chalk shapes." The label on the package also says "Conforms to ASTM- D4236." The sidewalk chalk comes in several shapes: butterfly, spider, ice cream cone, bottle, cylinder, and triangular stick. The chalk pieces are solid-colored or multi-colored, including red, blue, green, yellow, and purple.

Sold at: The sidewalk chalk was sold at Toys "R" Us stores nationwide from March 2003 to November 2003 for about $4.99 per package.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Return the sidewalk chalk to Toys "R" Us for a refund.

Consumer Contact: Consumers may call toll-free on (866) 274-6340 24- hours-a-day Monday through Friday or visit the Toys "R" Us Web site:

www.toysrusinc.com

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