The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Toys “R” Us have issued a voluntary recall of some 27,000 wooden coloring cases because of a violation on the federal lead paint standard. According to federal authorities, the cases are painted on the outside with a lead-based paint. The black watercolor paint also contains unacceptable levels of lead.
The name of the cases are Imaginarium Wooden Coloring Cases, which contain 213 crayons, pastels, colored pencils, fiber pens, paint brushes, pencils, water colors, palettes, white paint, along with a ruler and a pencil sharpener, in a tan wooden carrying case. The cases retailed at Toys “R” Us between October 2006 and August 2007 for about $20.
This is the latest in a series of product recalls that has plagued toy stores due to lead paint toxicity. Recently Mattel launched back-to-back recalls first in its Fisher-Price unit then later throughout a broad range of toys, which ended up totaling some 18 million toys worldwide and 9 million in the United States.
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