Health & Medical Parenting

Fishing Poles Recalled

These poles, which have been selling for about four years, have paint that contains lead. The company is offering a free replacement fishing kit.

Name of product: Children's Fishing Kits

Units: About 438,000

Distributor: Shakespeare Fishing Tackle Division, of Columbia, S.C.

Hazard: The paint on the rods of these fishing poles contains lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has not received any reports of complaints related to this product. This voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent any possibility of injury or illness.

Description: The recalled Shakespeare® brand fishing kits feature the following characters: TAZ® (Tazmanian Devil®), Tweety®, Mucha Lucha® and Spider-Man®. Other fishing kits feature Fishing HeroesTM, sold with a silver-colored badge; Kids KitsTM, sold with tackle boxes; and SharkTM and DolphinTM Kits, which have reels in the shape of a shark or dolphin. The fishing kits have brightly colored red and yellow fishing rods, and ?Shakespeare? is written on the reels. Fishing kits with purple, blue and pink rods are not included in this recall. Certain translucent red and yellow and metallic-colored red rods also are not included in this recall.

Sold at: Discount department, sporting good and toy stores nationwide from August 2001 through June 2005 for between $9 and $13.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled fishing poles and contact Shakespeare Fishing Tackle for information on receiving a free replacement fishing kit.

Consumer Contact: For more information, call Shakespeare Fishing Tackle toll-free at 866-466-0559 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site.

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