Choking Hazards Prompts Magnetic Sketchboard Recall

A large recall of Toulouse-LapTrec Magnetic Sketchboards has been initiated, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) just announced.

About 95,000 Toulouse-LapTrec Magnetic Sketchboards have been recalled in the United States; another 4,300 were recalled in Canada.

The Toulouse-LapTrec Magnetic Sketchboards were manufactured in China by Rainbow Force Plastic Products, of China; were imported by Battat Inc., of Plattsburgh, New York; and were sold at Target stores, nationwide, and by various online retailers from March 2010 to March 2011. The defective Toulouse-LapTrec Magnetic Sketchboards retailed for about $16.

The magnetic tip of the drawing pen can dislodge from the pen, posing a choking hazard to children. To date, Battat has received 19 reports of the magnetic tip separating from the pen. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves the Toulouse-LapTrec Magnetic Sketchboard, which has a white plastic writing surface that is bordered by either a red or a brown plastic frame. The defective Sketchboard also has a bean bag-type backing.

The sketch board is also embellished with four animal shapes across the top: A rabbit, a dog, a cat, and a duck. The multi-colored magnetic pen is affixed to the front of the sketchpad and the model number BX1026 (for the red-framed sketchboard) or BX1027 (for the brown-framed sketchboard) can be found on a paper wrapper that comes with the product at the time of purchase.

The firm advises consumers to immediately take recalled Toulouse-LapTrec Magnetic Sketchboards away from children and to contact Battat to receive a free replacement sketchboard. Battat can be reached, toll-free, at 1.866.665.5524 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), Monday through Friday, or at Battat’s website at www.battatco.com.

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