Twelve products intended for use by blind children have been recalled because of excessive lead content in their paint, the COnsumer Product Safety Commission said Monday.

No injuries or illnesses associated with the products have been reported, the agency said. They include such items as a U.S. map, textured blocks, and forms, biological models, and sports kits.

The articles normally are not found on retail shelves but are sold by mail order to consumers, school systems and governdment agencies.

The recall is being made in cooperation with the Kentucky Department of Human Resources and the American printing House for the Blind, Louisville, which produced and distributed the products.

A federal regulation establishes a permissible level of five-tenths of one per cent for lead in paint to reduce risk of lead poisoning to children who may eat paint chips or peelings.

The specific products are 1-0301 bilogicals models, 1-0332 land forms, 1-0340 Mitchell form sets, 1-0357 sports field kit, 1-0371 shape board, 1-0382 textured blocks, 1-0372 puzzle form board kit, 1-0872 sound matching board, 1-0106 large U.S. map, 1-0109 small U.S. map, 1-0329 fractional parts and 1-0359 stokes place holder.

Persons with these products should return them to the place of purchase for a replacement or a full refund, the safety commission said.

Ford Motor Co. has recalled 16,000 vehicles to correct a carburetor problem that could cause drivers to lose control of the speed of their vehicles, the Transportation Department said Monday.

The recall involves some 1978 model Ford, Mercury, Lincoln and Mark V passenger cars; 1977 and 1978 E-250-350M Econoline Vans and Club Wagons; and 1977 and 1978 F-150-250-350 light trucks.

All the recalled vehicles were built between July 5 and Sept. 9, and all have 460-cubic-inch engines and four-barrel carburetors.

Ford told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the problem involves the secondary throttle lever which may remain in an open position after the driver pushes the accelerator to the floor.

Ford said about 18 per cent of the vehicles being recalled contain the defect, and NHTSA administrator Joan Claybrook asked the company to expedite the recall. She said that "until Ford corrects the defect, drivers of these vehicles are advised to avoid wide-open throttle applications."

Motorists whose engines surge can stop their vehicles by turning the ignition to the off - but not the lock - position, or by shifting to neutral and braking.