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CPSC, Almar Sales Co. Announce Recall of Children's Watches

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Recall Date:
August 17, 2005

Recall Details

August 17, 2005
Release #05-244
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 251-2522


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: Water Watch

Units: About 50,400

Importer: Almar Sales Co. Inc., of New York, N.Y.

Hazard: The band on the watch contains liquid petroleum distillates. If punctured the watch band could leak. Petroleum distillates could be harmful if ingested and cause irritation to the skin or eyes on contact.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Almar Sales Co. have received one report of a 2-year-old child who ingested the petroleum distillate after biting into the watch band. The child suffered irritation of the mouth and throat.

Description: The watches are made of clear plastic with white snaps. The watch bands have clear glitter-filled liquid and colored liquid inside including pink, blue, red and yellow. The watch face is digital and measures about two inches in width. "Water Watch" and "Almar Sales Company" is printed on the original clear bubble packaging of the watches.

Sold: Exclusively at Dollar General Stores nationwide from March 2005 through July 2005 for about $2.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take these watches away from young children and return the watches to the store where purchased for a refund or contact the firm.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Almar Sales at (800) 251-2522 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

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