FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 1997
Release # 97-100
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), OddzOn Products Inc. of Campbell, Calif., is recalling about 5,000 children's swimming vests manufactured in 1996 and sold under the brand name "Starfish." The vest's buckles can unlatch unexpectedly while in use, releasing a child into the water. Children could drown if they are released into the water without the aid of the swimming vest.
OddzOn Products Inc. has received one report of the buckles unlatching. No injuries have been reported. The "Starfish" inflatable plastic swimming vest has a blue inner lining and collar and a yellow and pink body secured by two plastic buckles in the front. The "Starfish" logo and name appear on the front of the vest and on the buckles. The vest is available in sizes A through D and is intended for children between 1 and 8 years old.
Toy, sporting goods, and gift stores nationwide sold the swimming vests from May 1996 through March 1997 for about $14.
Consumers should take the "Starfish" swimming vests away from children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should call OddzOn Products at (800) 755-6674.
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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