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December 19, 1996

Release # 97-048
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC and Speidel Announce Children's Identification Bracelet Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Speidel of Providence, R.I., is recalling about 211,000 children's identification bracelets sold under the name My First ID. The bracelets present a choking hazard to children under age 3.

The bracelets are marketed for children packaged in a cardboard gift box shaped like a wooden alphabet block labeled, "MY FIRST ID by Speidel." A label attached to the bracelet warning that the bracelet is not intended for children under age 3 is not visible at the point of sale. Some bracelets were additionally labeled, "...Specially sized for little ones...Perfect for commemorative first occasions like:...First Birthdays...First Words...First Steps..."

CPSC and Speidel are not aware of any injuries involving these bracelets. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The gold- or silver-tone metal bracelets, measuring 5 to 5 1/2 inches long, can be engraved with identification or commemorative information. The bracelets came in the following eight styles (model numbers are found on a sticker on the box):

  • Model 2350 is a metal chain of small, simulated pearls in linked, metal settings with a heart-shaped charm.
  • Models 2351 through 2354 are metal chains with a thin curved plate (measuring between 3/4 and 1 3/8 inches long by 3/16 and 1/2 inch wide) for engraving, with a heart, cross, or bear charm attached.
  • Models 2355, 2589, and 2590 are metal chains with a thin curved plate (measuring between 3/4 and 1 3/8 inches long by 3/16 and 1/2 inch wide) for engraving. Model 2355 has a heart-shaped cut out on the plate.

The bracelets sold at Wal-Mart, JCPenney, Hills, Cole Gift Centers, and Meijer stores along with other department, discount, and jewelry stores nationwide from June 1995 through December 1996 for about $11 to $16.

Consumers should immediately take these bracelets away from children under age 3, and return the bracelet to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers can call Speidel toll-free at (800) 672-8934.

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