|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2001
Release # 01-086
|Barbie Sunglasses Recall Hotline: (800) 868-7870
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052
CPSC, IMT Accessories Announce Recall of BarbieTM Sunglasses
WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), IMT Accessories, of New York, N.Y., is recalling about 70,000 BarbieTM Sunglasses. The frames of the sunglasses can break, allowing the petroleum distillate and floating glitter to leak out. Petroleum distillates could be harmful to children's eyes and skin and could be fatal if ingested.
IMT Accessories has received one report of a six-year-old child who received chemical burns in her right eye as a result of petroleum distillates leaking from the sunglasses when she was playing. The recalled sunglasses have a pink tint to the eyeglasses, have floating glitter in the temple of the sunglasses, say "BarbieTM" and "Mattel®" on the left side of the earpiece, and say "China" on the right side.
The sunglasses, manufactured under license with Mattel®, were sold nationwide in Target, Walgreen's and Bradlee's, from June 1999 through August 2000 for about $6.
Consumers should stop children from wearing the sunglasses immediately. Return the sunglasses to the store where purchased for a full refund. Consumers can call IMT Accessories toll-free at (800) 868-7870 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST 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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Please use the below phone number for all media requests.
Phone: (301) 504-7908
Spanish: (301) 504-7800