Note: Phone number change.
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||CONTACT: Nychelle White
|Originally issued August 27, 1997; Revised July 9, 2001
|Release # 97-176
CPSC, Placo Announce Recall of Star Wonders Flying Dolls
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Placo Products Company of Commerce, Calif., is recalling about 140,000 Star Wonders dolls. During use, the wings of the flying dolls can break off, causing serious eye injuries to consumers.
CPSC and Placo Products Company have received seven reports of the dolls' wings breaking off during use, resulting in serious eyes injuries, including corneal abrasions, torn retinas and blindness.
The Star Wonders dolls, measuring 6 inches tall, are made of plastic in black or white flesh tones. They have colorful wings attached to their arms. The dolls have blond and purple hair and wear white body suits with red, blue, gold or green skirts and boots. The dolls can be attached by their feet to a 7-inch "magical wand" launcher decorated with a moon or a heart. The Star Wonders dolls spin into the air when consumers pull a retractable string on the "magical wand" launcher. A plastic star with a smile face is on the end of the retractable string. The words, "Made in China," on the bottom of the "magical wand" launcher are the only identifying words on the product.
The dolls are packaged in a colorful cardboard box with a clear plastic front from which the doll is visible. The box is labeled in part, "Star Wonders...flies in the sky...Includes Star Wonders doll and magical wand."
Toy, drug and discount stores nationwide sold the dolls from January 1996 through August 1997 for about $6.
Consumers should stop using the dolls immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should call Placo Products Company at (626) 288-8220 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday.
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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