FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 1997
Release # 97-129
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Papel Freelance Inc. of Cranbury, N.J., is recalling about 28,000 pencils that have miniature pacifiers where erasers are normally found. These miniature pacifiers detach very easily from the pencils, presenting a choking hazard to young children.
CPSC and Papel Freelance Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these pencils. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The wooden pencils, measuring 7 inches long, are available in pink and blue. The words "PAPEL/FREELANCE Taiwan" are printed on the side of the pencils. The pencils have miniature pacifiers where erasers are normally found. The pacifiers, measuring about 1.5 inches wide, are mostly cream in color.
Various retail stores nationwide, including Winn Dixie and Hallmark, sold the pencils from September 1996 through April 1997 for about $2.
Consumers should take these pencils away from young children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should call Papel Freelance Inc. at (800) 634-8384.
CPSC learned of this problem from the State of Connecticut's Department of Consumer Protection.
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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