|July 13, 2005
The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. 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: Blaster Balls
Units: About 6,600
Distributor/Manufacturer: BJ Alan Co., of Youngstown, Ohio
Hazard: When the blaster balls are hit together, they can produce a spark that can catch on fire, posing a risk of burn injuries to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: BJ Alan Co. has received reports of three incidents. One incident resulted in minor burns to fingers.
Description: The products are two hard balls that meant to produce a snapping or popping sound when hit together. Each package contains a pair of blaster balls that are about 1.25-inches in diameter and were sold in assorted colors. They were sold in a blister pack that measured about 6.75-inches by 5-inches, with a UPC number located on the pack of package reading 3826959035.
Sold at: Fireworks stands and stores nationwide from May 2004 through June 2005 for about $3 a package.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact BJ Alan Co. for a replacement product.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact BJ Alan Co. by calling (800) 777-1691 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or go to the firm's Web site at www.Fireworks.com
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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