|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2004
Release # 04-184
|Firm's Hotline: (866) KMART4U
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: Pool Pump Water Gun
Units: About 38,600
Importer/Retailer: Kmart Corporation, of Troy, Mich.
Hazard: The cone-shaped nozzle can unexpectedly come off the water gun and be propelled causing injury.
Incidents/Injuries: There have been four reports of injuries to children including cuts and bruises to the face and head.
Description: The 15-inch-long water guns are shaped like giant syringes. When placed in a pool, they fill with water when the handle at the top of the device is pulled, and shoot water when pushed. They have either an orange tube with green handle and nozzle or a yellow tube with blue handle and nozzle. There is no writing on the water guns themselves.
Sold at: Kmart stores nationwide from January 2004 through June 2004 for about $2.
Manufactured in: Hong Kong
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the water guns and return them to a Kmart store for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: Call Kmart at (866) KMART4U anytime or log on to the company's Web site at www.kmart.com.
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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