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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
December 13, 1993
Release # 94-018

Telebrands Recalls "Sweda Juice Factory" Electric Juicers Sold Only At Jamesway & Caldor Stores

PRODUCT: "Sweda Juice Factory" electric juicers sold at Jamesway and Caldor retailers after April 1, 1992. About 6,000 juicers are believed to be affected.

PROBLEM: If the juicer is not reassembled properly after cleaning, during use the plastic upper body may possibly malfunction, causing injury to consumers nearby.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using the juicers and call Telebrands at 1-800-269-1572 for complete instructions on how and where to return the juicer with proof of purchase for full refund of purchase price and postage.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Telebrands of Roanoke, VA is voluntarily recalling Sweda Juice Factory electric juicers. This recall is limited only to the Sweda Juice Factory electric juicers made in China and sold at Jamesway and Caldor retailers after April 1, 1992.

If the juicer is not reassembled properly after cleaning, during use the unit may malfunction causing the plastic upper body to shatter, possibly causing injury to consumers nearby.

Telebrands is aware of eight incidents of malfunctions that have resulted in five injuries to users. The injuries include cuts and bruises to the face, arm, and chest area of the body and lacerations requiring stitches.

Approximately 6,000 electric juicers were sold by Jamesway and Caldor nationwide. The juicer sells in the range of $29.99 to $49.99.

Consumers should stop using the juicers and call Telebrands at 1-800-269-1572 for complete instructions on how and where to return the product with proof of purchase for full refund of purchase price and postage.

CPSC is announcing this recall as a 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 28.6 million injuries and 21,700 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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