April 8, 1998
Release # 98-092
|CPSC: Nychelle Fleming
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192
CPSC, Atico International Announce Recall of
"Eyeball" and Smiley Face Floating Balls
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Atico
International USA, Inc., of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is recalling about 329,000 Halloween
Floating Eyeballs and about 100,000 Smiley Face Floating Balls. These balls contain
kerosene. If the ball cracks or breaks, kerosene leaking out could poison young children
if swallowed. The smaller of these balls also present a serious choking hazard to young
children. They lack warning labels required for small balls.
CPSC and Atico International USA, Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these
balls. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
All of the Smiley Face balls are 1.5 inches in diameter. They are yellow with black
features. The Halloween Eyeballs were sold in two sizes. They measure either 1.5 or 2.25
inches in diameter. They are white with different colored irises and red streaks
(resembling bloodshot eyes). All the balls float in kerosene inside a clear outer ball,
and are labeled "MADE IN TAIWAN."
These balls were sold nationwide by retail chain stores such as Arbor Drug, Eckerd Drugs,
Thrift Drugs, K&B, Inc and Walgreen drug stores from June 1995 through October 1997
for about $1.
Consumers should take these balls away from children immediately and return them to the
store where they were purchased for a refund. For more information, contact Atico
International USA toll free at (800) 645-3867, extension 541. Consumers will hear a
recording asking them to leave their name and number, and an Atico International USA
representative will return their call.
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15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous
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