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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
December 19, 1991
Release # 92-032

Water Toys Recalled

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Sail Harbor of Freehold, NJ is voluntarily recalling 2,000 units of its "Wind-Up Row n Row Boat," style number 172. The toys may break during use producing small parts, some of which have sharp points. These small parts could be a fatal choking hazard or could cause puncture wounds to young children.

These plastic water toys are 5-1/2 inches long and 3-1/2 inches wide with either an alligator or a hippopotamus seated in the center of each boat. The hippopotamus has a green body and a soft rubber head with painted facial features. The hippopotamus is in a boat with yellow oars, a red deck, a white bottom and a blue wind-up key. The alligator has a yellow body and a green soft rubber head with painted facial features. The alligator is in a boat with beige oars, a blue deck, a white bottom and a red wind-up key. Both have stick-on decals that resemble blue water.

These water toys were sold nationwide beginning in January 1991 for approximately $3.00 each.

Neither the CPSC nor the company is aware of any injuries involving this product. This voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The potentially hazardous toys were identified during a joint surveillance program conducted between the CPSC and the U.S. Customs Service at the Port of Newark.

Consumers are urged to take these toys away from young children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund of the purchase price. Consumers with questions about this recall may contact The Sail Harbor at 908-431-3330.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this recall as part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk 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 report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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