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February 18, 1997

Release # 97-069
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Atico International Inc. Recall Novelty Mugs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Atico International Inc. of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., is recalling about 74,400 Lighted Magic Faucet mugs and about 22,400 Lighted Magic Fountain mugs. The novelty mugs' motors could overheat, creating a potential fire hazard.

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

The clear plastic mugs sit on a black round base. The base houses the electric motor. When the power is switched on, water recycles from the base of the mug, up a plastic tube into the "suspended" faucet (magic faucet) or "suspended" soda can (magic fountain) and then falls back into the mug. It appears as though water is coming from the "suspended" faucet or "suspended" soda can. The mugs also become illuminated by colored lights when the power is switched on.

Walgreens and Eckerd Drugs stores nationwide sold the mugs from April 1996 through January 1997 for about $20.

Consumers should stop using these mugs immediately, and return the mugs to the store where purchased for a full refund. If consumers have questions about this recall, they should call Atico International at (800) 645-3867.

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