Lead paint on wall hooks causes recall

"S T U F F" and Paw Wall Hook Sets recalled

On October 7 2010 Health Canada recalled the "S T U F F" and Paw Wall Hook Sets by Midwest-CBK, Inc. The wall hooks were sold in the following three models:

  • Model number 74641 consists of five separate wooden letters that spell out the word "S T U F F", with a Purple S, Red T, Orange U, Green F and Pink F.
  • Model number 74642 consists of five separate wooden letters that spell out the word "S T U F F", with an Olive S, Blue T, Yellow U, White-striped F, and Blue F.

Attached to each letter of model number 74641 and 74642 is a metal hook with a wooden ball at the end. Each letter is approximately 10 centimetres (4 inches) long, 2 centimetres (3/4 inches) wide and 25 centimetres (9 ¾ inches) tall. There is a label on the back of the letter "S" that displays the model number 74641 or 74642.

  • Model number 65262 consists of four separate wooden paws of different colours: red, blue, green and pink.

Attached to each paw of model number 65262 is a wooden peg with a wooden ball at the end. The model number 65262 is displayed on the packaging.

What is the danger?

The danger is that the paint on the metal hooks attached to the wooden letters and on the blue paw hooks contains concentrations of lead above the allowable limit. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

At time of the recall neither Health Canada nor Midwest-CBK, Inc. has received reports of incidents or illnesses related to the use of these wall hooks.

What do I do?

You should Immediately stop using these wall hooks and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For more information, consumers contact Midwest-CBK, Inc. at 1-800-422-5583 between 7:30AM and 5PM CST, Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website.

How many have been sold and where?

There have been about 44 units of the recalled wall hook sets were sold at various independent stores across Canada.

The paw wall hooks with the model number 65262 were sold from April 2009 up to August 2010. The recalled letter wall hooks with model numbers 74641 and 74642 were sold from April 2009 to July 2010. These units were manufactured in China.