The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Galoob® Toys, Inc. of San Francisco, Calif., agreed to pay a civil penalty of $400,000. The penalty settles allegations that Galoob violated the Consumer Product Safety Act when it failed to timely report to CPSC defects, and injuries to children and adults, associated with its Sky Dancer® dolls.
Galoob® reported to CPSC shortly after it was purchased by Hasbro.
CPSC alleges that Galoob® failed to report in a timely manner that the hard plastic Sky Dancers® propeller-like wings can fly rapidly in unpredictable directions, and can hit and injure users and persons nearby. Galoob® received 150 injury reports which include eye damage (scratched corneas and incidents of temporary blindness), a mild concussion, a broken rib, broken teeth and facial lacerations that required stitches.
About 8.9 million Sky Dancers® were recalled by CPSC and Galoob® in June 2000. The flying doll is inserted into the top of a launcher feet-first, and a cord is pulled to launch the doll. The packaging is labeled "Sky Dancers®", "galoob®" and "MADE IN CHINA." The dolls were sold nationwide from 1994 to June 2000 for between $8 and $25, depending on the model purchased.
In agreeing to settle this matter, Galoob® denies that it violated the Consumer Product Safety Act or any other law administered by CPSC. Consumers should stop using the dolls immediately and call Galoob® toll-free at (877) 598-5599 to participate in the recall and get a free replacement toy.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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