December 4, 2008
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. 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: Toddler Girl's Hat and Mitten Sets
Units: About 100
Retailer: Meijer Inc., of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Manufacturer: Aquarius Ltd., of St. Louis, Missouri
Hazard: The magnets in the hat can detach and fall out, posing a choking and aspiration hazard to young children. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal.
Incidents/Injuries: Meijer has received one report of the magnet separating from the hat. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled hats and mittens have two magnets sewn into each side of the hat and are cotton with pink, lavender, orange and aqua green stripes and various prints. Some of the hat and mittens have dark pink hearts with light pink stripes. "Aquarius LTD" is printed on the tag of the hat and mitten sets.
Sold at: Meijer stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky from August 2008 to October 2008 for about $12.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take these hat and mitten sets away from children and return to Meijer store for a refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Meijer at (800) 927-8699 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.aquariusltd.com, or e-mail the firm at email@example.com
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