August 27, 1997
Release # 97-176
|CPSC: Nychelle White
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192
CPSC, Placo Announce Recall of Star Wonders
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Placo Products Company of Commerce,
Calif., is recalling about 140,000 Star Wonders dolls. During use, the wings of the flying
dolls can break off, causing serious eye injuries to consumers.
CPSC and Placo Products Company have received seven reports of the dolls' wings breaking
off during use, resulting in serious eyes injuries, including corneal abrasions, torn
retinas and blindness.
The Star Wonders dolls, measuring 6 inches tall, are made of plastic in black or white
flesh tones. They have colorful wings attached to their arms. The dolls have blond and
purple hair and wear white body suits with red, blue, gold or green skirts and boots. The
dolls can be attached by their feet to a 7-inch "magical wand" launcher
decorated with a moon or a heart. The Star Wonders dolls spin into the air when consumers
pull a retractable string on the "magical wand" launcher. A plastic star with a
smile face is on the end of the retractable string. The words, "Made in China,"
on the bottom of the "magical wand" launcher are the only identifying words on
The dolls are packaged in a colorful cardboard box with a clear plastic front from which
the doll is visible. The box is labeled in part, "Star Wonders...flies in the
sky...Includes Star Wonders doll and magical wand."
Toy, drug and discount stores nationwide sold the dolls from January 1996 through August
1997 for about $6.
Consumers should stop using the dolls immediately and return them to the store where
purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should call
Placo Products Company at (800) 583-5029 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. PDT Monday through
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