|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2003
|Company Phone Number: (800) 889-7946
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: "Sandy Claws" Swim Trainers
Units: About 3,400
Manufacturer: Swimways Corp., of Virginia Beach, Va.
Hazard: The nylon body strap on the swim trainer can detach or tear from the flotation device and release a child into water, posing a serious drowning hazard to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: There have been seven reports of the body straps detaching and two reports of the seams splitting, though no injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled "Sandy Claws" Swim Trainer is a red and yellow colored fabric crab with eight stuffed legs and two eyes covering a styrofoam buoyancy float. Black straps are attached to the side seams to fasten around a child. Printed on the underside of the crab float are the words, "Swim Ways" and "CAUTION: This is not a lifesaving device. Do not leave child unattended while in use."
Sold at: Specialty pool and toy stores nationwide and Internet retailers sold the flotation devices from January 2003 through July 2003 for about $12.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the swim trainers immediately and return them to the company for a full refund. Swimways will provide consumers with a self-addressed envelope to return the product.
Consumer Contact: Consumers should contact Swimways at (800) 889-7946 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company's Web site at www.swimways.com.
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