FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 1992
Release # 92-064
PRODUCT: The "Activity Water Ball" (#33012) by Blue Box Toys. It is a bright yellow plastic ball about 6 1/2" in diameter with a large tube down the middle. The tube has a magnifying glass and handle on one end and a flip-up screen on the other. Four brightly colored activities are built into the sides of the ball.
PROBLEM: The ball may break during use producing small parts that could be a fatal choking hazard to young children.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers should take the Activity Water Balls away from young children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund of the purchase price. If you have questions call Blue Box Toys, Inc. at 1-800-255-8388.
WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Blue Box Toys Inc. of New York, NY is voluntarily recalling approximately 15,000 "Activity Water Ball" toys (#33012). The product may break during use producing small parts that could be a fatal choking hazard to young children.
The bright yellow plastic water ball is about 6-1/2 inches in diameter and has a large tube down the middle with a magnifying glass and handle on one end and a flip-up screen on the other end. Embossed on the screen are the words, "Blue-Box Toys, Made in Singapore." Four activities are built into the sides of the ball. One is a red paddle wheel with a decal showing two dolphins. The second is a pink circle with a blue button in the middle that can shoot water when pressed. The third is a pink retractable fish on an eleven-inch string. The last activity looks like an acquarium with five little fish and a pin wheel that can be activated by an air pressure button.
The package reads in part, "Blue-Box Toys, Ages 1 Month to 24 Months, Activity Water Ball."
The water balls were sold nationwide from February 1991 to December 1991. Each ball sold for approximately $10.00.
Neither CPSC nor the company is aware of any injuries involving this product. This voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The potentially hazardous toys were discovered by CPSC staff during routine surveillance.
Consumers are urged to take the Activity Water Balls away from young children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund of the purchase price. Consumers with questions about this recall may contact Blue Box Toys at (212) 255-8388.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this recall as part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.
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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