More toys recalled for lead paint hazards

SpongeBob journals, spinning tops and children's jewelry manufactured in China found to contain excessive lead levels.

NEW YORK ( -- Following the recent recalls for toys made in China with loose magnets and lead paint, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued more warnings, this time recalling thousands of SpongeBob SquarePants journals, various spinning tops and children's jewelry.

According to the commission, 250,000 SpongeBob SquarePants character address books and journals, manufactured in China and imported by U.S. company Martin Designs, contain excessive levels of lead, violating a federal lead paint ban.

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While no injuries were reported related to the journals, lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects such as brain damage.

The recall involves address books and journals sold in stores nationwide from June 2006 through July 2007 with SpongeBob on the front cover and a black metal spiral binding, with UPC numbers 80773007505, 80773002260, 80773075501 and 80773007551 printed on the back covers.

About 66,000 Thomas and Friends, Curious George and other spinning tops and 4,700 tin pails are being recalled for lead paint on the surface of wooden handles.

The tops are painted with Thomas and Friends, Curious George, or a circus scene, and the pails are painted with Thomas and Friends, Curious George, or in a solid red or yellow color. Tops with plastic handles are not included in the recall.

These items were imported by Schylling Associates from China and sold in toy stores and gift shops nationwide from July 2001 through July 2002.

Additionally, 7,900 children's charm bracelets and 14,000 pieces of children's metal jewelry were also recalled due to a risk of lead exposure.

The bracelets, imported by Buy-Rite, were sold from March 2004 through August 2007 at dollar stores and the other metal jewelry, imported by TOBY N.Y.C., was sold from August 2006 through May 2007 at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and A.J.Wright stores.

No injuries involving the recalled products have been reported. Consumers can contact the importing companies to receive a replacement. Top of page