April 4, 2003
Ertl/Learning Curve Int'l., Inc. (RCE/LCI), of Chicago, IL is voluntarily
recalling approximately 3,800 children's activity toys. There are two types of activity
toys involved in this recall. One toy is a flower shaped toy intended to attach
to a stroller, with a green painted metal wire on which plastic beads slide
along. The item is the Lamaze Flower Stroller Wrap (SKU #97222). The other toy
is a floor-based toy with a foam stuffed base, a blue painted metal wire on
which plastic beads and stuffed animal heads slide along. This item is the
Lamaze Soft Bead Buddies (SKU #97325). Each item has a sewn-in label with the
Lamaze logo on the front. These toys were sold in March 2003 through specialty
and toy stores nationwide for around $19.99.
The paint on the metal wires of these toys contains excess levels of lead. Lead poisoning is a serious hazard to children and is associated with behavioral problems, learning disabilities, hearing problems and growth retardation.
Consumers should immediately take these toys away from infants and young children. Consumers should contact RCE/LCI for return and replacement instructions at (800) 704-8697 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday or visit the company's web site at http://www.learningcurve.com/newsResources/newsResources.asp