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Published: Thursday, 8/30/2007

Toys "R" Us recalls 27,000 wooden coloring cases due to lead


NEW YORK - Toys "R'' Us has recalled 27,000 crayon and paint sets made in China because the packaging of the wooden box contains lead, as does some of the watercolor paint within, company and government officials said today.

No injuries have been reported from the use of the Imaginarium Wooden Coloring Cases, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The case includes crayons, pastels, colored pencils, fiber pens, paintbrush, pencil, water colors, palette, white paint, ruler and pencil sharpener in a light tan wooden carrying case. The case measures about 14 inches high by 19 inches wide.

The Wayne, N.J.-based Toys "R'' Us sold the case nationwide from October 2006 through this month for about $20.

Consumers are asked to take the products away from children and return them to the nearest "Toys "R'' Us store for store credit, the CPSC said.

For more information, contact Toys R Us at (800) 869-7787 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday or visit the web site at www.toysrus.com.

The recall follows Mattel Inc.'s July recall of 19 million Chinese-made toys, including dolls, cars and action figures. Some of the items were contaminated with lead paint. Others had small magnets that children might swallow.

Read more in later editions of The Blade and toledoblade.com

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