|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2008
Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 249-7639
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: Pendants and Candle Charms
Units: About 460,000
Importer: Benjamin International, of Middlebury, Conn.
Hazard: The recalled pendants and charms contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recalled pewter pendants were sold in eight collections of 12 pendants each. The pendant collections included Signs of the Zodiac, Runes, Ritual, Goddess, Chinese Zodiac, and Celtic Harmonies. The pendants were sold separately and on candles of various colors and scents.
Sold at: Gift shops nationwide from January 2002 through November 2007 for between $6 and $8 for the pendants and between $12 and $15 for the charms with candles.
Manufactured in: Korea
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these pendants/charms and contact Benjamin International to receive a free replacement pendant/charm.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Benjamin International toll-free at (888) 249-7639 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET or visit the firm's Web site at www.benjamininternational.com
Note: CPSC was alerted to this hazard by the State of Connecticut's Department of Consumer Protection.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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