About 250,000 SpongeBob SquarePants address books and journals from Martin Designs Inc. of Ashland, Ohio have been recalled due to excessive levels of lead.
The recalled address books and journals have SpongeBob SquarePants on the front cover and a black metal spiral binding. Paint on the spiral binding can contain excessive levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested by children and can cause adverse health effects. The address books have UPC number 80773007505 and the journals have number 80773002260 printed on the back covers. The recalled books were sold at retail stores nationwide from June 2006 to July 2007 for about $2.
Parents should immediately take the recalled address books and journals away from children. Remove the UPC as proof of ownership and contact Martin Designs Inc for a full refund. Call (866) 898 0261 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday to Friday or visit www.martindesigns-ltd.com To view this entire recall, including pictures, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07283.html