|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2006
|CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
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Various Firms Recall Flashing Pacifiers for Choking, Aspiration and Strangulation Hazards
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firms 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: Flashing Pacifiers
Units: About 237,000
Importers/Retailers: Rhode Island Novelty, of Providence, R.I.; Hayes Specialties Corp., of Saginaw, Mich.; My Bargain Bin LLC., of New Castle, Del.; Ravesupply.com, of Las Vegas, Nev.; Vistawholesale.com, of Greencastle, Ind.; Xtreme Jewelry, of New York, N.Y.; Intertradecorp.com, of Cheverly, Md.; Litesrus.com, of San Jose, Calif.; and Dollar Days International LLC, of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Hazard: These pacifiers failed to meet federal safety standards for pacifiers. The nipple can separate from the shield easily, posing a choking hazard. Some pacifiers were sold with necklaces that pose a strangulation hazard, and one of the necklaces has beads that can come loose, which poses an aspiration hazard. Though they are marketed for older children, they could be given to babies, and can cause serious injury or death.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The units involved are flashing pacifiers and flashing pacifiers with whistles. The pacifiers are clear or colored purple, blue, pink or green. The pacifiers have five flashing LED lights that are red and blue, red and light green and orange. Some pacifiers are sold with a rainbow cord that is attached to handles, and some cords have breakaway connectors. One pacifier has multi-colored beads on the cords in the shapes of barrels, trains, boats and various animals. Pacifiers were sold in clamshell packages. The packaging has a warning that states they are for "12+ Years" or "6+ Years." Some of the products have a warning on the packaging that they are not a real pacifier, but a practical joke. The chart below lists additional information about the products sold and what is written on the packaging.
|Company Name/Contact||Trade Name||Model/Bar Code|
|Rhode Island Novelty
|Flashing Joke Novelty Pacifier||Model GL-FLAP5|
|Hayes Specialties Corp.
|"Hot" Flashing Pacifier||Bar Code 0 85754 15115 4|
|My Bargain Bin LLC
|2 in 1 Flashing Pacifier with Whistle||Model FP
Bar Code 7 62656 31137 5
|Pacifier Necklace||Model PAC-STANDARD|
Call collect at (765) 653-0906
|2 in 1 Flashing Pacifier with Whistle||Blink Pacifier|
|"Hot" Flashing Pacifier||Bar Code 0 12480 01132 8|
|Flashing Pacifier "I am baby, I need to be loved."||Flashing Pacifier|
|2 in 1 Flashing Pacifier with Whistle Necklace||Flashing Pacifier with Whistle Necklace|
|Dollar Days International LLC
|Practical Joke "Hot" Flashing Pacifier
2 in 1 Flashing Pacifier with Whistle
|Bar Code 0 85754 15115 4
Bar Code 7 62656 31137 3
Sold at: Novelty shops, toy stores, carnivals, amusement parks and by Web retailers nationwide from January 2003 through September 2006 for between $0.55 and $13.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should take these pacifiers away from young children immediately and dispose of them. Consumers can also return the pacifiers to the retailers for a refund.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact the firm above.
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