June 19, 1997
Release # 97-143
|CPSC: Nychelle White
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192
CPSC, Klutz Inc. Announce Recall of
Chinese Jump Ropes
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Klutz Inc. of Palo Alto, Calif., is offering to
replace the Chinese jump ropes sold with about 66,000 children's activity books by Anne
Akers Johnson entitled "Chinese Jump Rope," distributed by Klutz. The ends of
the elasticized ropes are joined together by metal crimps that may fail in use. Children
using the ropes or standing nearby can be hit by an end of the rope as it snaps back.
Klutz has received 17 reports of the ropes
breaking apart and one report in which a child was struck and scratched near the eye, but
did not require medical attention.
Klutz is offering to replace all metal crimped
ropes with knotted ropes.
"Chinese Jump Rope" is a colorfully
illustrated children's book that describes how to play variations of the popular jump rope
game, including "Doubles," "American Ropes," "Crazy Rope,"
and "Toothpicks." Each book comes with two elastic ropes, one short and the
Klutz sold the jump ropes with the activity books
directly through its catalog and through major retail book stores as well as many
independent gift, toy and book stores nationwide beginning in March 1997 for $10.95.
Consumers should take the recalled jump ropes away
from children immediately and call Klutz Inc. collect at 415-857-0888 for the free
replacement ropes or write to Klutz Inc., 2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto, CA 94306.
Alternatively, consumers can make their own repair by cutting the ends of the ropes,
removing the metal crimps, and tying the ends of the rope together with a square knot.
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