|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2007
Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 284-8570
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: Horseshoe Magnets
Units: About 153,000
Importer: United Scientific, of Waukegan, Ill.
Hazard: Surface paint on the magnets contains high levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standards.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: This recall involves horseshoe-shaped magnets sold in five sizes. The horseshoes have red paint on the surface of the magnet. Product numbers included in the recall are: SHM020 (two inch), SHM030 (three inch), SHM040 (four inch), SHM050 (five inch), and SHM060 (six inch).
Sold by: Independent distributors nationwide from March 1995 through September 2007 for about $1. Distributors sold the products to schools for use in science classes.
Manufactured in: India
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these products and contact United Scientific to receive a replacement product.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact United Scientific toll-free at (888) 284-8570 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or email the firm at email@example.com
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