Children's art easels recalled due to high levels of lead

Consumer Reports News: November 06, 2009 03:19 PM

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission yesterday announced a voluntary recall of about 10,000 Young Artist Easels manufactured by MacPherson's of Emeryville, Calif. The recall notice claims that high levels of lead are contained in the chalkboard's surface coating, which violates the federal lead paint standard. Although no incidents or injuries have been reported, the CPSC encourages consumers to stop using the easels immediately. The easels were manufactured in China.

The easels have a chalkboard surface on one side and a whiteboard surface on the other side. The item number is AA13301 and the UPC number is 082435133010, which can be found on the original packaging.

What you can do. Consumers should immediately take these easels away from children and contact MacPherson's to receive a free replacement chalkboard panel. Reach MacPherson's at 866-319-5335 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, or via e-mail at You can also visit the firm's Web site at

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