NEW YORK (CNNfn) - Shoe vendor Nike Inc. Friday recalled 110,000 pairs of infant's shoes sold with the name "Little Air Jordan XIV," because lead in the shoe paint was higher than U.S. standards allow.
In a statement with the U.S. Consumer Product Commission, Nike said the recall affects white shoes with painted red trim, in sizes 2C to 10C. The model number, found on the label inside the shoe tongue, is 132549.
Nike said other shoe colors are not affected, but that it has launched a wide investigation of its quality-control practices.
"This issue is of serious concern to Nike," the company said. "Endangering the health and safety of our consumers is inexcusable."
Major sport-shoe stores sold the shoes for about $40 a pair from January to March this year, Nike said.
Affected customers are encouraged to return the shoes to their retailer, where they can receive a store credit or replacement, Nike said.
Nike spokeswoman Vizhier Mooney said there was one reported incident of red paint peeling off a shoe, prompting the company to launch its investigation.
There have been no reported injuries from the paint, she said, but said there has been a possible case of ingestion.
Extended exposure to high levels of lead can present a poisoning hazard to children.
Mooney said the company requires manufacturing partners to adhere to its policy on banned substances, including lead.
The paint supplier to its factory partner, Taiwan-based Chyi Jiu, didn't hold to the policy and provided incomplete and false information to the shoe maker, Nike said. Nike said it has ended its relationship with that company.