|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2007
Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 559-4653
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: "Skippy" Pool Toys
Units: About 31,000
Manufacturer: Swimways Corp., of Virginia Beach, Va.
Hazard: The elastic tongue of the fish can break and forcefully come out and cut the users' hands during launching of the toy.
Incidents/Injuries: Swimways has received 24 reports of the pool toy breaking during use. There were five reports of injuries to children including one requiring stitches to a child's hand. Another child's thumb nail was ripped back from the nail bed.
Description: This recall involves a rubber pool toy shaped like a fish. The fish are blue, purple or green colored and measure 8 ? inches long by 5 inches wide. A loop of elastic tubing shaped like a tongue comes out of the mouth of the fish and is used for launching the fish across the water like a slingshot. "WARNING. Do not aim at another person. Made in China" is printed on the bottom of the fish.
Sold at: Mass merchandisers and independent pool supply stores nationwide from February 2007 through September 2007 for about $10.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should take the toy away from children immediately and contact Swimways for a free replacement toy.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Swimways toll-free at (888) 559-4653 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.swimways.com
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