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November 26, 1996

Release # 97-030
CPSC: Nychelle White
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC, Price Stern Sloan Announce Exploring Nature Science Activity Kit Recall

CPSC, Price Stern Sloan Announce Exploring Nature Science Activity Kit RecallWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Price Stern Sloan Inc. of Los Angeles is voluntarily recalling more than 34,000 Exploring Nature Funstation science activity book kits. The kit is packaged with a compass that may leak fluid containing kerosene. The compass can be hazardous to young children if they ingest the kerosene or inhale it into their lungs.

Price Stern Sloan Inc. has received one report of a 16-month-old child who vomited after ingesting fluid from the compass. The kit is intended for children 8 and older.

The Exploring Nature Funstation (ISBN # 08431-3942-0) contains a book with a number of science projects and items to perform the science projects including a compass, magnifying glass, petri dish, crayons, a tweezers, test tube, a thermometer, and stickers. Warehouse clubs, bookstores, chain stores, and whole salers sold the kits nationwide from March 1996 through August 1996 for about $13 to $22.

Consumers should take these recalled kits away from children immediately. For information on how to exchange the Exploring Nature Funstation activity kit, consumers can contact Price Stern Sloan Inc. at (800) 454-1625 or write to the company at: Price Stern Sloan Inc.,Department Exploring Nature, 11835 Olympic Blvd. East Tower, Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90064.

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