Parragon Books Recalls Children’s Necklaces Due to Risk of Lead Exposure

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

July 10, 2008
Release #08-326

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (888) 480-2854
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Children’s Necklaces with Ballet Shoes Charms

Units: About 500,000

Distributor: Parragon Inc., New York, New York

Importer: Parragon Books Ltd., of United Kingdom

Hazard: Solder on the charm of the necklace may contain high levels of lead, which if ingested by young children can cause adverse health effects.

Incidents/Injuries: None.

Description: The recalled necklace has a silver-colored chain with a silver-colored charm consisting of a pair of ballet shoes and a bow. The necklace was provided with the purchase of a children’s book entitled, The Magical Ballet Slippers (alternatively titled Ballerina’s Magical Shoes), ISBN 1405411449, published by Parragon Books, Ltd. UPC 9781405411448 is printed on the back of the book. Spanish version, Las zapatillas magicas de la bailarina ISBN 1405448385; UPC 9781405448383. French version, Les petits chaussons magiques ISBN 1405449527; UPC 9781405449526.

Sold at: Retail chains and independent bookstores nationwide from January 2003 through June 2008 for about $7.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled necklaces away from children and contact Parragon for instructions on how to return the necklace and receive a free children’s book.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can contact Parragon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, toll-free at (888) 480-2854, or visit the firm’s Web site:

To see this recall on CPSC’s web site, including pictures of the recalled product, click here.

Originally Posted on: 7/11/2008

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