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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 1997
Release # 97-176
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Placo Products Company of Commerce, Calif., is recalling about 140,000 Star Wonders dolls. During use, the wings of the flying dolls can break off, causing serious eye injuries to consumers.
CPSC and Placo Products Company have received seven reports of the dolls' wings breaking off during use, resulting in serious eyes injuries, including corneal abrasions, torn retinas and blindness.
The Star Wonders dolls, measuring 6 inches tall, are made of plastic in black or white flesh tones. They have colorful wings attached to their arms. The dolls have blond and purple hair and wear white body suits with red, blue, gold or green skirts and boots. The dolls can be attached by their feet to a 7-inch "magical wand" launcher decorated with a moon or a heart. The Star Wonders dolls spin into the air when consumers pull a retractable string on the "magical wand" launcher. A plastic star with a smile face is on the end of the retractable string. The words, "Made in China," on the bottom of the "magical wand" launcher are the only identifying words on the product.
The dolls are packaged in a colorful cardboard box with a clear plastic front from which the doll is visible. The box is labeled in part, "Star Wonders...flies in the sky...Includes Star Wonders doll and magical wand."
Toy, drug and discount stores nationwide sold the dolls from January 1996 through August 1997 for about $6.
Consumers should stop using the dolls immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should call Placo Products Company at (626) 288-8220 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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