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|Release # 92-069
Kenner Announces Repair Program for
ColorBlaster Spray Art Toy
PRODUCT: The Colorblaster, model 14290, spray art
design toy by Kenner Products, a division of Tonka Corporation.
PROBLEM: Overtightening the locked handle can cause the plastic threads to loosen. High
pressure build-up or forceful pumping of the handle may cause the handle and cap to
separate from the base and strike a child.
WHAT TO DO: Return to place of purchase for a full refund or call 1-800-327-8264 to
receive a new pump assembly.
WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
Kenner Products, a division of Tonka Corporation, of Cincinnati, OH is announcing a
voluntary repair program of its COLORBLASTER Model No. 14290 spray art design toy. The toy
uses a hand pump to pressurize air in a plastic cylinder. An air brush attached to the
cylinder allows children to make designs and artwork. Overtightening the locked handle can
cause the plastic threads to loosen. That, combined with over-pumping the handle, may
cause the handle and cap to separate from the base and strike a child.
CPSC was informed of this potential hazard by Kenner Products after the company received
reports of two injuries. Both injuries occurred when the pump handle blew out of the base
and struck the child in the face.
Approximately 292,000 COLORBLASTERS were sold between May 1991 and November 1991. The toys
were distributed nationally through wholesale and retail outlets and sold for
approximately $29.99 each.
In the interest of children's safety, the company has decided to initiate this repair
program. Only the COLORBLASTERS Model No. 14290 with L-shaped hooks underneath the handle,
which are used to lock the handle to the cap, are affected. The new unit, Model No.
14290-02, which is not affected, includes modifications to prevent the removal of the
assembly tube from the cylinder, and does not have L-shaped hooks on the handle.
Consumers who own one of the affected toys are instructed to contact Kenner Products
toll-free at 1-800-327-8264 to receive a new pump assembly or to obtain further
information. Consumers may also write to: Kenner Colorblaster Repair Program, 200
Narragansett Park Drive, P.O. Box 200, Pawtucket, RI 02860-0200. Consumers may also return
the product to the store where purchased for a full refund.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this repair program as part of
its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated
with consumer products.
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
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