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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 24, 1997

Release # 98-049
CONTACT: Russ Rader
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1166

CPSC, Toys "R" Us Announce Recall of Children's Soap Craft Set

CPSC, Toys "R" Us Announce Recall of Children's Soap Craft SetWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Toys "R" Us, of Paramus, N.J., is recalling about 4,000 Baskets of Bubbles children's craft sets because of a potential fire hazard. If consumers melt pieces of the soap disks that come with the set in a microwave oven for 10 minutes, as instructed, the soap could ignite in the microwave. The instructions should have read 10 seconds rather than 10 minutes.

Toys "R" Us has received two reports of the soap and its container melting together in a microwave and one report of flames inside the oven. No injuries have been reported.

Baskets of Bubbles is a craft set for children 12 years of age and older for making baskets of small, scented glycerin soaps in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. The kit includes disks of colored, scented soap to cut into pieces to melt in a plastic measuring cup that comes with the set. Plastic molds to shape small bars of soap and two baskets to hold the finished soap are included.

Baskets of Bubbles sets are labeled "Arts & Crafts by Alex...Baskets of Bubbles." The sets are identified as Toys "R" Us number SKN 668192, manufacturer number 70, UPC 7-31346-00707-0.

Toys "R" Us stores nationwide sold the soap craft sets from November 1997 to December 1997 for about $15.

Consumers should immediately return the craft set to the nearest Toys "R" Us store for a full refund.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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