|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2001
Release # 02-042
|JA-RU'S Hotline: (800) 231-3470
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic, (301) 504-7058
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), JA-RU Inc., of Jacksonville, Fla., is voluntarily recalling about 43,000 "Blast Balls" toys. When struck together, the toys create a cracking sound similar to that of a cap gun. The directions instruct consumers to strike one ball against the other in the palm of hand to create the cracking sound. When consumers strike the "Blast Balls" together, sparks can ignite, posing a burn hazard.
CPSC and JA-RU have received six reports of injuries, including minor burns to hands and fingers.
The recalled toys are packaged as "Super Bang...Blast Balls". The balls are sold two in a pack, in a variety of colors.
Convenience and novelty stores nationwide sold these toys from June 2001 through October 2001 for about $2.
Consumers should immediately stop using the "Blast Balls" and contact JA-RU for a refund. Consumers can contact JA-RU at (800) 231- 3470 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
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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