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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23, 1996

Release # 97-052
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC and PriceCostco Recall Animated Santa

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), PriceCostco is voluntarily recalling its 30" Deluxe Animated Santa with Light and Music.

There have been four reports of animated Santas overheating and melting, which may have been caused by a defective capacitor. PriceCostco is recalling this product to prevent further incidents.

Approximately 66,263 animated Santas have been sold in Costco and Price Club US warehouses between August 5, 1996, and December 20, 1996, as item number 63404.

This safety notice and recall applies only to the Deluxe 30" Animated Santa with Light and Music sold as item number 63404 and does not apply to any other animated Christmas items sold in PriceCostco warehouses.

Consumers should unplug the Santa immediately and return it to any Costco or Price Club warehouse for a full refund.

Consumers may contact PriceCostco at (800) 774-2678 if you have any questions.

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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