|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2005
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 440-0680
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
CPSC, Target Announce Recall of Jumbo Pencils with Sharpeners
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: Jumbo Pencils with Sharpeners
Units: About 176,000
Manufacturer: Target Corp., of Minneapolis, Minn.
Hazard: The sharpener's razor blade is exposed when the cover is removed. Also, the pencil sharpener hole is large enough to allow a finger to fit inside. This poses a laceration hazard to children and adults.
Incidents/Injuries: Target has received 17 reports involving the pencil sharpeners, including 12 children and adults who received cuts to their fingers from the sharpener's razor blade.
Description: The jumbo pencil has a red eraser on the end and comes with a pencil sharpener. Pencils are either short, 8 ½ inches long and one inch wide, or long, 15 inches long and ½ inch wide. The pencils are blue, red or striped. The sharpeners are pink or blue and come in a clear plastic pouch. Model number 70505 is printed on the pouch.
Manufactured in: China
Sold at: Target Stores nationwide from July 2005 through August 2005 for about $1.
Remedy: Consumers should take the recalled jumbo pencil with sharpeners away from children immediately and return them to the nearest Target store for a GiftCard of $1 plus applicable state tax.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or log onto the firm's Web site at www.Target.com
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