|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 24, 1997
Release # 98-049
|CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052
CPSC, Toys "R" Us Announce Recall of Children's Soap Craft Set
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Toys "R" Us, of Paramus, N.J., is recalling about 4,000 Baskets of Bubbles children's craft sets because of a potential fire hazard. If consumers melt pieces of the soap disks that come with the set in a microwave oven for 10 minutes, as instructed, the soap could ignite in the microwave. The instructions should have read 10 seconds rather than 10 minutes.
Toys "R" Us has received two reports of the soap and its container melting together in a microwave and one report of flames inside the oven. No injuries have been reported.
Baskets of Bubbles is a craft set for children 12 years of age and older for making baskets of small, scented glycerin soaps in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. The kit includes disks of colored, scented soap to cut into pieces to melt in a plastic measuring cup that comes with the set. Plastic molds to shape small bars of soap and two baskets to hold the finished soap are included.
Baskets of Bubbles sets are labeled "Arts & Crafts by Alex...Baskets of Bubbles." The sets are identified as Toys "R" Us number SKN 668192, manufacturer number 70, UPC 7-31346-00707-0.
Toys "R" Us stores nationwide sold the soap craft sets from November 1997 to December 1997 for about $15.
Consumers should immediately return the craft set to the nearest Toys "R" Us store for a full refund.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
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