|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2003
Release # 03-159
|Company Phone Number: (800) 776-2075
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
CPSC, Midwest Announce Recall of Toad Lawn Sprinklers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: Toad Lawn Ball Sprinkler
Manufacturer: Midwest, of Cannon Falls, Minn.
Hazard: A small hose inside the toad can fail, allowing water to fill the toad's cavity. The increased water pressure can cause the toad to explode, posing the risk of injury to anyone nearby.
Incidents/Injuries: There have been eight incidents involving the lawn balls exploding, though no injuries or property damage have been reported.
Description: The green, frog-shaped sprinkler is 6 1/2 inches long, 6 1/2 inches wide and 7 inches tall. The recalled lawn balls have a label on the bottom that includes the model number 738449 508893 and the words, "Made in China."
Sold at: Drug, flower, garden, and gift stores nationwide sold the sprinklers from August 2002 through June 2003 for between $25 and $30.
Remedy: The sprinklers should be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For more information about the recall, consumers can call Midwest at (800) 776-2075 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or log onto their Web site at www.midwestofcannonfalls.com.
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
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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