October 14, 2008

Bar Magnets Recalled By Home Science Tools Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 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.

   (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030904/USCSCLOGO )    Name of product: Alnico Bar Magnets    Units: About 400    Manufacturer: Home Science Tools, of Billings, Mont.   

Hazard: Surface paints on the magnets contain excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves Alnico 3-inch long bar magnets. The magnets are painted red and blue, and were originally packaged as a pair or as a component of a science kit. The magnets were sold as item number MG-BAR3AL.

Sold at: Web retailers and by mail order between May 2008 and September 2008 for about $6.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled magnets away from children and contact Home Science Tools to receive replacement magnets.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Home Science Tools at (800) 860-6272 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT, or visit the firm's Web site at http://www.hometrainingtools.com/

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $800 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 or visit CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/.

   Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 860-6272   CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772   CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908  

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

CONTACT: CPSC Media Contact: +1-301-504-7908

Web Site: http://www.cpsc.gov/http://www.hometrainingtools.com/