Wall Hooks Recalled for Violating Lead Paint Standard

About 4,450 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">“S T U F F” and Paw Wall Hooks have been recalled by Midwest-CBK, Inc., of Union City, Tennessee, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using these recalled products immediately and notes that it’s illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Paint on the metal hooks and on the blue paw hook contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Lead causes behavioral and learning problems, slowed growth, digestive problems, hearing problems, headaches, mental and physical retardation, and behavioral and other health problems. Of particular concern is the developing brain because negative influences can have long-lasting effects and can continue well into puberty and beyond.

Lead is also known to cause cancer and reproductive harm and, in adults, can damage the nervous system. Lead poisoning can cause seizure, coma, and death. Once poisoned by lead, no organ system is immune; experts agree, there is no safe level of lead.

To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported; however, it is important to be aware that the effects of lead exposure and poisoning often take time to manifest and are not always immediately connected to the toxic heavy metal.

The wall hook sets were sold in three models: Model numbers 74641 and 74642, constructed of five separate wooden letters spelling out the word “S T U F F” and model number 65262 consisting of four separate, different colored wooden paws.

Model number 74641 has a Purple S, a Red T, an Orange U, a Green F and a Pink F. Model number 74642 has an Olive S, a Blue T, a Yellow U, a White-striped F, and a Blue F. Attached to each letter is a painted metal coat hook with a painted wooden ball at the end. Each letter is approximately four inches long, 3/4 inches wide and 9 ¾ inches tall.

Model number 65262 has four separate paw-shaped wooden pieces of different colors: Red, blue, green, and pink. Attached to each paw is a wooden peg with a wooden ball at the end.

The “S T U F F” wall hook sets have a label on the back of the letter “S” that includes the models 74641 or 74642. The Paw wall hook sets have the model number 65262 on the outside of the box.

The recalled “S T U F F” and Paw Wall Hooks, which were manufactured in China, were sold at gift, variety, drug, and furniture stores and décor outlets nationwide from December 2008 through August 2010 for between $10 and $30.

The CPSC advises that the wall hook set be returned to Midwest-CBK for a full refund. Midwest-CBK can be reached, toll-free at (800) 422-5583 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Central Time, Monday through Friday to receive a prepaid shipping label and merchandise credit.

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