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July 17, 1997

Release # 97-160
CPSC: Nychelle White
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192
Ohio Art Contact: Guy Thomas
(419) 636-3141 Ext. 214

CPSC, Ohio Art Company Announce Recall of Splash Off Water Rockets

CPSC, Ohio Art Company Announce Recall of Splash Off Water RocketsWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Ohio Art Company of Bryan, Ohio is recalling over 67,800 Splash Off Water Rockets. When being filled, the rockets can break apart under the water's pressure. Consumers can be injured seriously if they are hit by broken rocket pieces.

CPSC and Ohio Art Company have received 37 reports of these rockets breaking apart while being filled, resulting in lacerations of a hand, shoulder, and forehead.

The Splash Off Water Rocket is a made of red, yellow and clear plastic. The rocket measures 16 inches high and the rocket's launch pad measures 18 inches high. The words, "Splash Off" appear on the rocket's side. To launch the rocket, water from a garden hose is fed through a tube into the launch pad. When the launcher is filled with water, a launch ring is pressed down to execute lift-off.

Toy and major retail stores nationwide sold the Splash Off Water Rockets from April 1997 through June 1997 for about $20.

Consumers should stop using the Splash Off Water Rockets immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should call Ohio Art Company at (800) 641-6226 between 7:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.

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