Swimways Corp. Recalls "Skippy" Pool Toys Due to Laceration Hazard

The elastic tongue of the fish can break and forcefully come out and cut the users’ hands during launching of the toy.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2007
Release #08-065

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (888) 559-4653
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Swimways Corp. Recalls "Skippy" Pool Toys Due to Laceration Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 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: “Skippy” Pool Toys

Units: About 31,000

Manufacturer: Swimways Corp., of Virginia Beach, Va.

Hazard: The elastic tongue of the fish can break and forcefully come out and cut the users’ hands during launching of the toy.

Incidents/Injuries: Swimways has received 24 reports of the pool toy breaking during use. There were five reports of injuries to children including one requiring stitches to a child’s hand. Another child’s thumb nail was ripped back from the nail bed.

Description: This recall involves a rubber pool toy shaped like a fish. The fish are blue, purple or green colored and measure 8 ½ inches long by 5 inches wide. A loop of elastic tubing shaped like a tongue comes out of the mouth of the fish and is used for launching the fish across the water like a slingshot. “WARNING. Do not aim at another person. Made in China” is printed on the bottom of the fish.

Sold at: Mass merchandisers and independent pool supply stores nationwide from February 2007 through September 2007 for about $10.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should take the toy away from children immediately and contact Swimways for a free replacement toy.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Swimways toll-free at (888) 559-4653 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.swimways.com

Picture of Recalled Pool Toys

Picture of Recalled Pool Toys