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April 14, 1997

Release # 97-100
CPSC: Nychelle White
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC, OddzOn Products Inc. Announce Recall of Children's "Starfish" Swimming Vests: Buckles Can Unlatch

CPSC, OddzOn Products Inc. Announce Recall of Children's "Starfish" Swimming Vests: Buckles Can UnlatchWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), OddzOn Products Inc. of Campbell, Calif., is recalling about 5,000 children's swimming vests manufactured in 1996 and sold under the brand name "Starfish." The vest's buckles can unlatch unexpectedly while in use, releasing a child into the water. Children could drown if they are released into the water without the aid of the swimming vest.

OddzOn Products Inc. has received one report of the buckles unlatching. No injuries have been reported. The "Starfish" inflatable plastic swimming vest has a blue inner lining and collar and a yellow and pink body secured by two plastic buckles in the front. The "Starfish" logo and name appear on the front of the vest and on the buckles. The vest is available in sizes A through D and is intended for children between 1 and 8 years old.

Toy, sporting goods, and gift stores nationwide sold the swimming vests from May 1996 through March 1997 for about $14.

Consumers should take the "Starfish" swimming vests away from children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should call OddzOn Products at (800) 755-6674.

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