|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2011
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 665-5524
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983
Battat Recalls Magnetic Sketchboards; Magnetic Pen Tip Poses Choking Hazards
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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Toulouse-LapTrec magnetic sketchboards
Units: About 95,000 in the United States and 4,300 in Canada
Importer: Battat Inc., of Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Manufacturers: Rainbow Force Plastic Products, of China
Hazard: The magnetic tip of the drawing pen can dislodge from the pen, posing a choking hazard to children.
Incidents/Injuries: Battat has received 19 reports of the magnetic tip separating from the pen. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves the Toulouse-LapTrec magnetic sketchboard, which has a white plastic writing surface bordered by either a red or brown plastic frame, and has a bean bag type backing. The sketch board has four animal shapes across the top – a rabbit, dog, cat and duck. The multicolored magnetic pen is affixed to the front of the sketchpad. The model number BX1026 (red frame) or BX1027 (brown frame) can be found on a paper wrapper that comes with the product at the time it was purchased.
Sold at: Target stores nationwide and by various online retailers from March 2010 to March 2011 for about $16.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take recalled sketchboards away from children and contact Battat to receive a free replacement sketchboard.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Battat toll-free at (866) 665-5524 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit Battat’s website at www.battatco.com
Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1452
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (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 your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
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