"Big Rex and Friends" Cloth Books Being Recalled Because of Excess LeadJan 8, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
Some children's books are being recalled today because they put children at risk of lead poisoning. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), 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. In children and fetuses, lead exposure can cause brain and nervous system damage, behavioral and learning problems, slowed growth, hearing problems, headaches, mental and physical retardation, and behavioral and other health problems. Lead is known to cause cancer and reproductive harm and, in adults, can damage the nervous system
This recall involves about 204,000 "Big Rex and Friends" Cloth Books imported by St. Martin’s Press LLC, of New York, N.Y. The books were sold at Barnes & Noble, Toys “R” Us, Amazon, Borders and other bookstores and retailers nationwide from May 2004 through October 2009 for about $9.
The recalled books have 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. .
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. For additional information, contact St. Martin’s Press at (800) 347-9411 or visit the firm’s Web site at www.priddybooks.com/recall.