|August 6, 2004
CPSC, HearthSong Announce Recall of Children's Toy Balls
The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Peek-a-Boo Ball
Units: About 22,500
Manufacturer: HearthSong Inc., of Madison, Va.
Hazard: The wooden rings on the holes of the product may crack, allowing the small wooden heads to fall out and pose a choking hazard to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of a child placing the small wooden head in its mouth. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled toy is a blue wooden ball with six holes located equally around the ball. Each hole contains a small wooden head with a smiling face in various colors.
Sold at: Exclusively through HearthSong's catalog and Web site from October 2001 through March 2004 for about $10.
Manufactured In: Thailand
Remedy: HearthSong will notify all known purchasers by mail regarding a refund and a discount towards the next purchase.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, call HearthSong toll-free at (888) 623-6557 anytime or log onto the company's Web site at www.hearthsong.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.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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