More Problems with Crayons

In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Shure Products Inc.  from Chicago IL, is voluntarily recalling about 14,000 "Kaleidoscope Art" sets (item number 820). 

Although the product box is labelled "non-toxic" and "conforms to ASTM D-4236" these crayons contain enough lead to present a lead poisoning risk to young children, who might eat or chew on the crayons.  Shure Products and Toys-R-Us, the retailer for these sets, initiated the recall after CPSC laboratory analyses showed that Kaleidoscope Art set crayons had high levels of lead.

The Kaleidoscope Art sets, which Shure imported from China, were sold nationwide by Toys-R-Us from January through August 1994.  Each Kaleidoscope Art set contains a box of eight crayons, six sheets of "line art" (geometric shapes to color), and a six-inch kaleidoscope.  The set is labeled "Ages 4 & up."  Consumers who own these sets should take them away from children immediately and return them to Toys-R-Us for a refund.

It was the New York State Consumer Protection Board who alerted the CPSC to this problem.  According to Shure, they had the products tested in the appropriate manner at a private testing laboratory.  While the CPSC and Shure Products Inc. have not received any reports of injuries or illnesses involving Kaleidoscope Art sets, the commission and the company are conducting this recall to prevent the possibility of injury or illness.

For more information about this recall, consumers may call Shure Products Inc. at (773) 227-1001, or contact the CPSC Consumer Hotline at (800) 638-2772.

Art Hazard News, Volume 17, No. 4, 1994

This article was originally printed for Art Hazard News, © copyright Center for Safety in the Arts 1992. It appears on nontoxicprint courtesy of the Health in the Arts Program, University of Illinois at Chicago, who have curated a collection of these articles from their archive which are still relevant to artists today.