|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 16, 2005
|Firm's Recall Hotline:(800) 678-9258
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 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: Dive Sticks
Units: About 180,000 dive stick packages
Distributor: The Dollar General Corp., of Goodlettsville, Tenn.
Hazard: Children can fall or land on these upright dive sticks in shallow water and suffer impalement injuries. CPSC banned pre-weighted dive sticks in 2001.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The dive sticks are hard plastic in the shape of worms, fish, and seahorses. The worm dive sticks are sticks with ridges that are green with an orange weighted ball or pink with a yellow weighted ball on the bottom. The fish dive sticks are pink and yellow or green and orange. The seahorse dive sticks are yellow with a blue tail or pink with a yellow tail. All of the dive sticks are about 7 inches long. "Made in China" is written on the fish and seahorses. "Sun and Shade" is written on each package. There are two worms per package and three fish or seahorses per package.
Sold at: Dollar General stores nationwide from April 2004 through September 2004 for about $1.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should take these dive sticks away from children immediately and return them to Dollar General stores for a refund, or discard them.
Consumer Contact: Contact Dollar General at (800) 678-9258 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit their Web site at www.dollargeneral.com
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