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November 15, 1994

Release # 95-025
CONTACT: Elaine Tyrrell
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1191

Black & Decker Recalls Hand Puppet

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Black & Decker Household Products Group of Shelton, Conn., is voluntarily recalling about 35,000 Surge reversible Shar-pei dog hand puppets. These puppets passed all toy safety tests specified under federal regulations at the time they were shipped. However, in response to recent consumer concerns and product returns, Black & Decker initiated additional testing, which revealed that the puppets' eyes, over time, could detach, posing a potential choking hazard to children. Although no injuries have been reported, the company is taking this action as a preventive measure.

The puppets, which were not manufactured by Black & Decker, were distributed in retail stores throughout the United States from April 1994 through November 1994 as premiums (free gifts) with new Black & Decker SurgeXpress Irons, models F850, F855, F860S, F860SP, F895, F895S, and F895SP. Black & Decker also made the puppets available through direct mail order.

The puppets, all labeled with "Surge " on a sewn-on tag on the bottom, are approximately 11 inches tall and have either brown or amber (orange) eyes.

Consumers should immediately take the hand puppet away from children and call Black & Decker for a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope in which to return the puppet for a $10.00 refund plus applicable shipping and handling expenses. For more information about this recall and to obtain a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope for returning the puppet, call Black & Decker at (800) 318-7508 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

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 obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to