CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND SHAKESPEARE FISHING TACKLE DIVISION ANNOUNCE RECALL OF 438,000 CHILDREN’S FISHING KITS FOR LEAD PAINT HAZARDJun 18, 2005 | www.Newsinferno.com The CPSC, in voluntary cooperation with Shakespeare Fishing Tackle Division of Columbia, South Carolina, has announced the recall of 438,000 Children’s Fishing Kits manufactured in China. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
The paint on the rods of these fishing poles contains lead which is highly toxic if ingested by young children and can cause serious adverse health effects. Although the firm has not received any reports of complaints related to this product, the recall is being conducted to prevent any possibility of injury or illness.
The recalled Shakespeare® brand fishing kits feature the following characters: TAZ® (Tazmanian Devil®), Tweety®, Mucha Lucha® and Spider-Man®. Other fishing kits feature Fishing Heroes™, sold with a silver-colored badge; Kids Kits™, sold with tackle boxes; and Shark™ and Dolphin™ Kits, which have reels in the shape of a shark or dolphin.
The fishing kits have brightly colored red and yellow fishing rods, and “Shakespeare” is written on the reels. Fishing kits with purple, blue, and pink rods are not included in this recall. Certain translucent red and yellow and metallic-colored red rods also are not included in this recall.
The kits were sold at discount department, sporting good, and toy stores nationwide from August 2001 through June 2005 for between $9 and $13.
Consumers should stop using the recalled fishing poles immediately and contact Shakespeare Fishing Tackle for information on receiving a free replacement fishing kit. For more information, call Shakespeare Fishing Tackle toll-free at (866) 466-0559 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at http://www.shakespeare-fishing.com/recall.