Sunday, May 4, 2008

Michaels Stores Recalls Seasonal Writing Pens Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

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: Flower Writers; Christmas Writers; Easter Writers; and Spooky Writers Seasonal Writing Pens
Units: About 310,000
Distributor: Michaels Stores Inc., of Irving, Texas

Hazard: The seasonal writing pens' surface coating contains high levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled pens were sold individually as one of four-series pens including Flower Writer; Christmas Writer; Easter Writer and Spooky Writer. Each pen has themed decorations including flowers, Christmas, Easter and Halloween ornamentation. Sold exclusively at: Michaels retail stores nationwide from August 2007 through March 2008 for about $1.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled pens immediately and return them to any Michaels store to receive a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Michaels' customer service at (800) 642-4235/(800) MICHAELS between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at

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