Product Safety News: “S T U F F”/Paw Wall Hooks Recalled Over Lead Paint Hazard

09/30/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Union City, TN—Midwest-CBK, Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), voluntarily recalled “S T U F F” and Paw Wall Hooks because they violate the federal lead paint standard. The CPSC announced the product safety recall on Wednesday, September 29, 2010, as a means of protecting children from potential adverse health affects associated with the consumption of lead.

Midwest-CBK recalled approximately 4,450 “S T U F F” and Paw Wall Hooks after it was discovered that the paint used on the metal hooks and on the blue paw hook contain high levels of lead. While no injuries or adverse incidents have been reported in connection with the recalled product, the company ostensibly issued the recall as a safety precaution.

According to the CPSC news release, “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 4 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 wall hooks were made available for purchase between December 2008 and August 2010 at gift stores, drug stores, furniture stores, décor outlets and variety stores nationwide. Prices reportedly ranged from between $10 and $30.

Consumers have been urged to cease use of the potentially hazardous wall hooks and contact Midwest-CBK to obtain a prepaid shipping label and merchandise credit or full reimbursement. Midwest-CBK can be reached toll-free at (800) 422-5583 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT.

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