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May 26, 1995

Release # 95-123
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1187

CPSC, Torpedo Announce Dolphin Baby Float Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Torpedo, Inc. of South Paris, Maine is voluntarily recalling certain baby flotation devices known as "The Dolphin Baby Float." A child sitting in the device could drown if water leaks into the hollow center of the float's innertube, causing the device to tip over. CPSC and the firm are aware of 24 non-injury complaints about the product including 11 tipover incidents.

Approximately 18,000 dolphin-shaped flotation devices were sold nationwide through catalogs and retail stores from February 1993 through December 1994 for $69.95 to $89.95. They measure about 37 inches from nose to tail, about 28 inches from side fin to side fin, and 9 inches in depth. The white plastic dolphin has a detachable red umbrella and blue nylon seat which can be adjusted for babies from six months to two years. Dolphins manufactured and shipped by Torpedo since January 1995, have reinforced walls which prevent water penetration and, therefore,are not included in this recall.

Consumers with affected products should call Torpedo, Inc. at 800-639-0361 or write to Torpedo, Inc., P.O. Box 157, South Paris, ME 04281, to receive instructions on how to check their Dolphin Baby Float and receive a free replacement for defective models.

Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer pool season, and CPSC reminds consumers that all levels of water are dangerous for babies. Therefore, adults should never leave a baby in water without constant adult supervision.

CPSC Chairman Ann Brown said, "Flotation devices may make caregivers believe that a baby is relatively safe in the pool. Any such belief can have devastating consequences because these products -- regardless of how sturdy they look - - will not prevent drowning. A baby reaching for a toy can lose his or her balance in a matter of seconds and the product can tip over. Always keep the baby at arm's reach."

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