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Paint Violation Causes Sport Toys to Be Recalled

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A Cleveland company has been cited for a lead paint violation causing it to recall all of its basketball “Sport Balls” party favors product line. These items have been circulated throughout the country, including North Carolina. The company, American Greetings Corporation of Cleveland, Ohio removed the DesignWare Sport Balls party favors when they were discovered to have unwarranted amounts of lead in the paint.

According to the recall, the package contains four different sport balls: A basketball, a football, a baseball and a soccer ball. However, only the basketball is in violation of the federal lead paint standard.

Packages with the date August 2004 through April 2009 are recalled. The model number for the defective packages is SPBL-1821. The party favors are sold at a range of retailers in the U.S. Consumers of this product are to contact American Greetings to receive a coupon for a replacement.

Due to much public awareness promotion in the past, most people understand the dangers that lie in product made with lead, especially when it is in paint. Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. However, what you may not know is that lead can also be emitted into the air from motor vehicles and industrial sources, and lead can enter drinking water from plumbing materials.

Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and
death. Children six years old and under are most at risk. The most common sources of lead poisoning is from deteriorating lead-based paint, lead contaminated dust, and lead contaminated residential soils.

About the Editors: Shapiro & Appleton is a law firm which focuses on injury and accident law and we have experience handling product recall cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our law firm has offices in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC) and Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys have handled numerous wrongful death cases and we understand the difficult circumstances which accompany these types of cases. That’s why you need an experienced attorney to help you through the legal process. Our lawyers hold licenses in NC, VA, SC, WV, KY and DC. We are ready to talk to you by phone right now—we provide free initial confidential injury case consultations, so call us toll free at 1-800-752-0042. Our injury attorneys also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube .  In addition, our lawyers proudly edit the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard, as well as the Virginia Beach Injuryboard and Norfolk Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service.

Richard N. Shapiro
North Carolina Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Rated as a Best Lawyer for Injury Law
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