Ohio Art Contact: Guy Thomas

July 17, 1997

(419) 636-3141 Ext. 214

Release # 97-160


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Ohio Art Company of Bryan, Ohio is recalling over 67,800 Splash Off Water Rockets. When being filled, the rockets can break apart under the water's pressure. Consumers can be injured seriously if they are hit by broken rocket pieces.

CPSC and Ohio Art Company have received 37 reports of these rockets breaking apart while being filled, resulting in lacerations of a hand, shoulder, and forehead.

The Splash Off Water Rocket is a made of red, yellow and clear plastic. The rocket measures 16 inches high and the rocket's launch pad measures 18 inches high. The words, "Splash Off" appear on the rocket's side. To launch the rocket, water from a garden hose is fed through a tube into the launch pad. When the launcher is filled with water, a launch ring is pressed down to execute lift-off.

Splash Off Water Rocket

Toy and major retail stores nationwide sold the Splash Off Water Rockets from April 1997 through June 1997 for about $20.

Consumers should stop using the Splash Off Water Rockets immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should call Ohio Art Company at (800) 641-6226 between 7:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.