On January 8, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and St. Martin’s Press LLC announced a voluntary recall of approximately 204,000 “Big Rex and Friends” children’s cloth books, citing high levels of lead in a red plastic dot sewn in the book. If ingested by children, lead can be toxic and cause adverse health effects.
The recalled books have a black and white striped border with a red dinosaur on the cover and ISBN 031249260X or 9780312492601 printed on the back. The books were sold at Barnes & Noble, Toys “R” Us, Borders, Amazon, and other retailers nationwide from May 2004 through October 2009.
Consumers are asked to immediately take the book away from children and contact St. Martin’s Press at 800-347-9411 for instructions on obtaining a full refund.