|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|June 29, 1989|
|Release # 89-062|
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Century Products Company of Macedonia, Ohio voluntarily took action to retrofit approximately 100,000 "Seamore the Action Seahorse" Tub and Pool Toys, model 2772, because of a potential choking hazard. The push-nut and neck-pin located on the neck of the seahorse can be removed by a young child and swallowed. These bath rings were sold nationwide from March 1986 to December 1988 for approximately $25.00. While the CPSC is aware of one non-injury consumer complaint involving these small parts, Century Products Company has not received any reports of choking incidents by a child using a Seamore Bath Ring.
The seahorse is a plastic infant seat shaped like a rocking horse. Rubber suction cups on the bottom of the seat secure the seat to the bath tub or wading pool. Water spouts out of the horse's mouth when the head is rocked.
Consumers should check the manufacture date code to determine if their unit is one of the defective products. The date code is located on both the packing carton and the underside of the seat which can be seen through the three holes located on the bottom.
The retrofit program is no longer available. Consumers with a defective product should discard or destroy the product.
Date codes over 8812 indicate that improved neck-pin assemblies are in place and are not being retrofitted. Consumers may also write to Century Products Company at 9600 Valley View Road, Macedonia, Ohio 44056, or call the company's customer service number at 800-345-4109 for more information.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help 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 40 years.
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