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Lead Recalls > American Greetings Corp. Recalls Sport Balls Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2009
Release # 09-267
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 777-4891
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983

American Greetings Corp. Recalls Sport Balls Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: DesignWare Sport Balls

Units: About 90,000 packages in the United States and 1,900 in Canada

Importer: American Greetings Corp., of Cleveland, Ohio

Hazard: The surface coating on the basketball contains excessive levels of lead, in violation of the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: This recall involves DesignWare Sport Balls party favors. The package contains four mini sport balls: a basketball, a football, a baseball and a soccer ball. The model number is SPBL 1821 and is printed on the packaging.

Sold at: Various retailers in the U.S. and Canada from August 2004 through April 2009 for about $3.50.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled sport balls away from children and contact American Greetings to receive a coupon for a replacement product.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact American Greetings at (800) 777-4891 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.ag.com

Note: Health Canada’s press release is available at http://209.217.71.106/PR/recall-retrait-e.jsp?re_id=796


CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

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