July 10, 2009 American Greetings Corp. Recalled 90,000 Sport Balls Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard. The surface coating on the basketball contains excessive levels of lead, in violation of the federal lead paint standard.
This recall involves DesignWare Sport Balls party favors. The package contains four mini sport balls: a basketball, a football, a baseball and a soccer ball. The model number is SPBL 1821 and is printed on the packaging. The balls were sold at various retailers in the U.S. and Canada from August 2004 through April 2009 for about $3.50.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled sport balls away from children and contact American Greetings to receive a coupon for a replacement product. For additional information, contact American Greetings at (800) 777-4891 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.ag.com.
Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://18.104.22.168/PR/recall-retrait-e.jsp?re_id=796.
To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recall product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09267.html.