In cooperation with the CPSC, we are voluntarily recalling the Cloth Book “Big Rex and Friends” due to an excessive level of lead in the red dot sewn onto the Diplodocus image which is located on the second to last page of the book . Please take the book away from young children and return it to MPS Returns Center at 14301 Litchfield Drive, Orange, VA 22960 to the attention of Keith Paxton. Please be sure to fill out and include the Returns Form [click to download] with your book so that we may send to you a refund of $8.95 plus $2.50 for shipping and applicable sales tax (no more than 2 returns per address without proof of purchase). We apologize for this inconvenience.
The following is the complete text of the official recall notice issued by CPSC and St. Martin's Press:
For Immediate Release
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 347-9411
January 8, 2010
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Children’s “Big Rex and Friends” Cloth Books Recalled Due to Risk of Lead Exposure
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.
Name of product: “Big Rex and Friends” Cloth Books
Units: About 204,000
Importer: St. Martin’s Press LLC, of New York, N.Y.
Hazard: A red plastic dot sewn in the book contains high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: This recall involves “Big Rex and Friends” cloth books. The book has a black and white striped border with a red dinosaur on the cover. The words “Big Rex and Friends” are printed on the cover. ISBN 031249260X or 9780312492601 is printed on the back of the book.
Sold at: Barnes & Noble, Toys “R” Us, Amazon, Borders and other bookstores and retailers nationwide from May 2004 through October 2009 for about $9.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled book away from children and contact St. Martin’s Press for instructions on returning the book for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact St. Martin’s Press at (800) 347-9411 or visit the firm’s Web site at www.priddybooks.com/recall.
Note: CPSC was alerted to this hazard by the U.S. PIRG
CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx.
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