FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

December 21, 1994

 

Release # 95-052


Washington, D.C. - CPSC, The Wild Goose Company of Salt Lake City, Utah, is voluntarily recalling about 5,100 "Professor Wacko's Exothermic Exuberance" chemistry kits. The chemistry kits, marketed for children ages 10 and older, demonstrate how heat and fire are generated through a chemical reaction.

The kit contains (2) two-ounce bottles of glycerine and potassium permanganate. The bottles are identical, except for their labels and contents. If after use, a child or adult inadvertently switches the bottle caps, causing small portions of the chemicals to mix, an unexpected fire may result. CPSC is aware of at least two house fires that reportedly resulted from the above scenario. In addition, the kit does not have adequate warnings and directions for safe use.

Exothermic Exuberance kits, manufactured by Wild Goose and also distributed by Carson-Dellosa Publishing of Greensboro, N.C., sold for about $6.00 each at school supply stores and at Natural Wonders stores nationwide from September 1993 through February 1994.

Consumers should discontinue using The Professor Wacko's Exothermic Exuberance kits immediately and return them to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers can also contact the Wild Goose Company at (800) 373-1498 for instructions on returning the product by mail for a full refund including postage.