Lead Found in Children's Fishing Poles and Karaoke Players
CPSC Announces Recalls

April 15, 2005
Updated: June 20, 2005

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of two products: Zebco children's fishing poles and Nu-Tronix Karaoke Cassette Player/Recorders. Both products contain lead paint that could pose a health risk if it is eaten.

The Zebco fishing poles have reels that are decorated with cartoon characters such as SpongeBob Squarepants, Tigger and Dora the Explorer. The poles were sold at sports stores between August 2001 and March 2005 for $9 to $13. The karaoke machines have lead paint on the control buttons. These machines were sold at Wal-Mart stores between June 2003 and March 2005 for about $20. The CPSC recommends that people stop using these products and return them to stores for refunds or replacements.

For more about the recall and lead, see:

  1. CPSC - Fishing Pole Recall Notice
  2. CPSC - Karaoke Machine Recall Notice
  3. Lead and the Nervous System - Neuroscience for Kids
  4. CPSC Warns of Lead Contamination in Jewelry...Again! - Neuroscience for Kids
  5. CPSC Warns of Lead Contamination in Vending Machine Jewelry - Neuroscience for Kids

UPDATE: On June 17, 2005, the CPSC issued a new recall of fishing poles manufactured by the Shakespeare Fishing Tackle Division of Columbia, S.C. These fishing poles are contaminated by lead paint on the rods. For more information about these fishing poles, see the CPSC recall notice.

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