|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2006
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 659-0164
WASHINGTON, D.C. - TThe 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: American Girl Children's Jewelry
Units: About 180,000
Manufacturer: American Girl Inc., of Middleton, Wis., a division of Mattel Inc., of El Segundo, Calif.
Hazard: The recalled jewelry contains high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recall includes American Girl necklaces, bracelets, earrings and hair accessories for girls. The recall does not include jewelry for American Girl dolls. The jewelry's packaging features a red and white cardboard backing with "American Girl" and "Made in China" written on the front.
Sold at: Only American Girl Place in Chicago and New York, and the American Girl Outlet in Oshkosh, Wis., from May 1999 through February 2006 for between $8 and $12. American Girl jewelry sold through its catalogue or Web site is not included in the recall.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take recalled jewelry away from children and return the items for a full refund (including applicable tax and return postage costs) to:
P.O. Box 620974
Middleton, WI 53562-0974
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact American Girl at (800) 659-0164 between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. CT, seven days a week, or visit American Girl's Web site at www.americangirl.com/recall
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