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1.5 Million Kids' Fishing Poles Recalled

April 14, 2005
W.C. Bradley/Zebco Holdings Inc. has recalled 1.5 million children's fishing poles featuring cartoon characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Rocket Power, Dora the Explorer, and Tigger. The paint on the rods of the fishing poles contains lead, which is toxic if ingested by young children. The poles were sold at discount department, sporting good, and toy stores nationwide for between $9 and $13.

Consumers should stop using the fishing poles immediately and contact Zebco for information on receiving a free replacement. The firm can be reached at 800-444-5581 Ext. 6217 between 8 A.M. and 4 P.M. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the Web site at