|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2006
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 253-5469
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: "Ideal" and "Brighter Child" Brand Science Kits
Units: About 43,000
Distributor: School Specialty Publishing, of Columbus, Ohio
Hazard: The battery case in the science kit can overheat, posing a thermal burn hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: School Specialty has received one report of the battery case overheating, which resulted in a young boy receiving minor burns to his fingers.
Description and Models: This recall involves Ideal and Brighter Child-brand science kits. Models included are "All About Electricity," "All About Magnets," "The Science Search Lab: Electricity," and "The Science Search Lab: Light." The kits were sold in brightly colored 11 3/4-inch by 12-inch boxes with a plastic window and door flap on the front.
Sold at: Educational stores and bookstores nationwide, and the schoolspecialty.com Web site, from July 2004 through May 2006 for between $16 and $24.
Manufactured In: South Africa
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the science kits and return them to the place of purchase or School Specialty for a refund.
Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can contact School Specialty toll-free at (800) 253-5469 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.schoolspecialtypublishing.com
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