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1.5 million toy
fishing poles recalled because of lead hazard
April 14, 2005 - WASHINGTON - The Associated Press has reported that about
1.5 million toy fishing poles featuring the cartoon characters
SpongeBob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Tigger and the cast
of "Rocket Power" are being recalled because their
paint contains lead, the government said Wednesday.
Zebco, a fishing equipment manufacturer
based in Tulsa, Okla., is not aware of any injuries that have
occurred because of the paint, the Consumer Product Safety Commission
Lead is toxic if ingested by
young children and is associated with behavioral problems, learning
disabilities, hearing problems and growth retardation, the CPSC
The fishing poles feature bright
pictures of popular characters like SpongeBob, Patrick Star and
Sandy Cheeks and have "Floating Catch 'Em Kit" on the
handles, except for the "Rocket Power" model. That
model is a two-piece rod with "Rocket Power" written
on the rod. It was sold with sunglasses.
The poles, made in China, were
sold at discount department, sporting goods and toy stores nationwide
from August 2001 through March 2005. They retailed for between
$9 and $13.
Newer models with a date code
on the handle of the rod are not included in the recall.
Consumers are urged to stop
using the recalled poles and contact Zebco, at 800-444-5581 ext.
6217, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT, for a free replacement
or online at www.zebco.com/recall.
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