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438,000 Children's Fishing Kits Recalled

June 20, 2005
Shakespeare Fishing Tackle Division has recalled 438,000 Children's Fishing Kits. Some of the kits feature the popular cartoon characters Tazmanian Devil, Tweety, Mucha Lucha, and Spider-Man. Others feature Fishing Heroes (sold with a silver-colored badge), Kid Kits (sold with tackle boxes), and Shark and Dolphin Kits (reels come in the shape of a shark or dolphin). The kits include red and yellow fishing rods made with lead paint. Lead is toxic if ingested by children. The kits were sold at discount department, sporting good, and toy stores nationwide for between $9 and $13. Fishing kits with purple, blue, and pink rods, and certain translucent red and yellow and metallic-colored red rods are not included in this recall.

For more information or to receive a free replacement fishing kit, call Shakespeare Fishing Tackle at 866-466-0559 between 8 A.M. and 5 P.M. ET Monday through Friday, or visit