On December 6, 2007, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Creative Design of Hong Kong announced a voluntary recall of approximately 64,000 holiday figurines that were sold in Home Depot stores from October 2007 through November 2007. The surface paint on the figurines was found to contain lead.
The recall affects painted plastic snowmen and bears with the following product names and SKU numbers:
- Holiday Bear Door Greeter (17” x 16”), SKU #894-825
- Snowman Votive Holder (7.5” x 7.5”), SKU #967-46
- Snowman with “Let it Snow” Sign (tabletop), SKU #894-893
- Three Snowmen with “Joy” Sign (13” x 17”), SKU #898-964
Consumers are advised to stop using the products immediately and return them to any Home Depot store for a full refund.
Lead-based paint has been shown to cause irreversible brain damage in children, as well as problems with blood pressure, impaired muscle coordination, and damage to nerves in adults.