Lead Poisoning Risk Prompts Recall of Children’s Cloth Book

“Big Rex and Friends” Cloth Books are being recalled today because they pose a risk of lead exposure. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 204,000 “Big Rex and Friends” Cloth Books are involved in this recall.

The children’s book subject to this recall was imported by St. Martin’s Press LLC, of New York, N.Y. It has 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. 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.

According to the 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.

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.

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