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CPSC, K.B Toys™ Announce Recall of Bubble Beauties™ Floating Balls

June 8, 1998
Release # 98-122


United States Consumer Product Safety Commission


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For Immediate Release;
CPSC Contact: Nychelle Fleming
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192
K.B ToysTM POC: Andrew White
(800)877-1253 Ext. 6756


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), K.B Toys,™ of Columbus, Ohio, is recalling about 500 Bubble Beauties™ floating balls. These floating balls contain a petroleum distillate, similar to kerosene, that could be harmful or fatal if ingested.

CPSC and K.B Toys™ are not aware of any injuries involving these floating balls. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

Bubble Beauties™ floating balls are clear, 2-inch-wide plastic balls containing another clear plastic ball that holds a small, plastic doll. The dolls have either pink, blue, purple or yellow hair. The liquid around the inner ball contains glitter. Writing on the floating balls include: "Bubble Beauties™...#2801...NOT A THROWING TOY...MADE IN CHINA."

K.B Toy™ Stores nationwide sold these floating balls in May 1998 for about $3 to $4.

Consumers should immediately take these floating balls away from children, and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information, consumers should call K.B Toys™ at (800) 877-1253 between 8 a.m and 5 p.m EDT Monday through Friday.

This is the fourth recall of a children's product since April 1998 that contains petroleum distillates. CPSC has issued guidance to manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers of liquid-filled consumer products recommending that they not make, sell or distribute products containing harmful liquids which children could access.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's web site at http://www.cpsc.gov or via Internet gopher services at gopher.cpsc.gov. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.


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