(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
|Release # 92-097
Burn Injury to Infants Prompt Recall of
Infant Heating Pads
PRODUCT: Dragons Are Too Seldom, Inc.'s "Safe
Heating Pad for Babies," "Snooze Zoo Instant Heating Pad for Babies," and
"Snoopy Safe Heating Pad for Babies."
PROBLEM: If the pad is placed on an infant immediately after the pad is put in boiling
water or removed from a microwave oven, it may leak hot fluid onto the infant or cause a
thermal contact burn.
WHAT TO DO: Return the product to Dragons Are Too Seldom, Inc. for replacement with a
"Tub Buddie Puppet Wash Cloth." Call 1-800-888-1495 for more information.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Dragons Are Too Seldom, Inc., of Rapid City, SD, in cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is voluntarily recalling approximately
40,000 infant heating pads. These heating pads were sold under the names "Snoopy Safe
Heating Pad for Babies," "Safe Heating Pad for Babies," and "Snooze
Zoo Instant Heating Pad for Babies." Dragons Are Too Seldom, Inc. received reports of
more than nine burn injuries to infants. The problem was discovered as a result of
consumer complaints. The heating pads sold for approximately $15 to $20.
The heating pad is a sealed plastic pouch containing sodium acetate solution. The pad is
supposed to be heated by flexing a self- contained metal disk inside the pad, thereby
causing crystallization. After the pad is used, it cools. A consumer must then heat the
pad in boiling water or a microwave oven to return the crystals to the liquid form. Then
the pad is left to cool to room temperature so it can again be heated by flexing the metal
disk. However, if the pad is placed on an infant immediately after the pad is removed from
boiling water or a microwave oven, it may cause a contact burn to the infant's skin or may
leak hot sodium acetate solution onto the infant.
The recalled heating pads were distributed nationwide from November 1988 to March 1992.
Consumers should return these heating pads to Dragons Are Too Seldom, Inc. for replacement
with an infant's item of equal value called the "Tub Buddie Puppet Wash Cloth."
For more information, consumers may contact Dragons Are Too Seldom, Inc. toll free at
1-800-888-1495, or may write: Dragons Are Too Seldom, Inc., P.O. Box 8046, Rapid City, SD
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this voluntary 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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