August 22, 2007
Release #07-283

Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 898-0261
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Martin Designs Inc. Recalls SpongeBob SquarePants™ Character Address Books and Journals Due to Violation of Lead 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: SpongeBob SquarePants™ Address Books and Journals

Units: About 250,000

Importer: Martin Designs Inc., of Ashland, Ohio

Hazard: The paint on the metal spiral bindings of the address books and journals can contain excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint ban. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

Incidents/Injuries: None.

Description: The recall involves address books and journals with SpongeBob SquarePants™ character on the front cover and a black metal spiral binding. The UPC numbers (80773007505 for the address book and 80773002260 and 80773075501 for the journal) are printed on the back covers.

Sold at: Retail stores nationwide from June 2006 through July 2007 for about $2.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled address books and journals away from children. Consumers should remove the UPC as proof of ownership and contact Martin Designs Inc. for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Martin Designs Inc. toll-free at (866) 898-0261 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at


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