Product Recall: SpongeBob SquarePants Address Books and Journals

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies

It seems that lead paint isn't just for toys anymore. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Martin Designs, Inc. have announced a voluntary recall of SpongeBob SquarePants Address Books and Journals. The little books have excessive amounts of lead in the paint on the spiral bindings, of all places.

About 250,000 of these books were sold in retail stores nationwide from June 2006 to July 2007 for about $2 each. There are six different books involved in the recall, all featuring SpongeBob SquarePants on the front and black metal spiral bindings on the edge. The UPC numbers for the address books are 80773007505, UPC numbers for the journals are 80773002260. These numbers can be found printed on the back covers.

If you have them, get rid of them. But first, remove the UPC and contact Martin Designs for a full refund. You can reach them at (866) 898-0261 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit their Web site.

Do you think that Chinese manufacturers are using more lead paint in products these days, or are we just becoming more aware of it?

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