The government says an Ohio importer has recalled nearly 250,000 SpongeBob SquarePants address books and journals manufactured in China.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the spiral metal
bindings on the books might contain hazardous levels of lead paint.
Martin Designs notified the agency that tests of the metal spiral bindings turned up lead content above the level considered safe for children. Children who ingest lead-laced paint can suffer brain damage. The company said it has received no reports of injury.
The recall involves address books and journals sold in retail stores nationwide from June 2006 through July 2007. They have a black metal spiral binding and depict the SpongeBob SquarePants character in various outfits on the front cover.
For more information, you can call the company at 1-866-898-0261 or visit its Web site, www.martindesigns-ltd.com
You can check all of the recent recalls the Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued by visiting www.recall.gov/recent.html
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