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|Release # 92-053
Kaleidoscope Necklaces Recalled As
WASHINGTON, DC -- Kaleidoscope necklaces, sold in
children's clothing departments by Lawrence Jewelry Company of Eden Prairie, MN and K
& M Associates of Providence, RI are being recalled by both firms in cooperation with
the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). A small tube which contains a
kaleidoscope and is attached to a cord necklace, can separate into small parts. This may
be a choking hazard to children who place the kaleidoscope in their mouths.
The necklaces have orange, green, pink or yellow plastic kaleidoscopes measuring three
inches long, hanging from colored, 14-inch nylon cords. Attached to the necklaces at time
of sale were small tags with white hearts on a red background, or white tags with the
words "L.J. Kids & Co." The necklaces were sold as accessory items in
children's clothing departments of J. Byrons, Caldor, Sears, Shopko, Walmart and other
smaller stores selling children's products. Approximately 15,000 were sold nationwide from
June to August 1991 for between $3.00 and $3.50 each.
Lawrence Jewelry reported to CPSC that it learned of one choking incident which involved a
young child who sucked the kaleidoscope tube pieces into her mouth, but suffered no
Lawrence Jewelry and K & M Associates asks consumers to return the kaleidoscope
necklaces immediately to the store where purchased for a cash refund. If consumers have
questions about the recall, they may call Lawrence Jewelry at 1-800-328-3967 or K & M
Associates at 1-800-343-9340.
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
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