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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 1998

Release # 98-133
CPSC: Yolanda Fultz-Morris
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219

CPSC, EKCO Housewares Inc. Announce Recall of Skillets

CPSC, EKCO Housewares Inc. Announce Recall of SkilletsWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), EKCO Housewares Inc., of Franklin Park, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 16,800 12-inch skillets. The skillets' handle could bend or break and cause the skillets' hot contents to spill onto consumers, creating a risk of injury.

CPSC and EKCO are not aware of any injuries involving these skillets. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

There are two types of skillets being recalled: Eterna 12-inch stainless steel skillets and Endura 12-inch non-stick stainless steel skillets. The EKCO Eterna 12-inch stainless steel skillets have the following identification embossed on the bottom of each pan, "EKCO Eterna, EKCO Housewares, Inc., 18/10 Stainless Steel, Made in China." The EKCO Endura 12-inch non-stick stainless steel skillets have the following identification embossed on the bottom of each pan, "EKCO Housewares, Inc., 18/10 Stainless Steel, Made in China."

Kmart stores nationwide sold the Eterna skillets from April through May 1998 for about $30. Walmart stores nationwide sold the Endura skillets from September 1997 through May 1998 for about $26.

Consumers should stop using the skillets immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information about the Eterna skillets sold at Kmart, consumers should call EKCO toll-free at (888) 418-9406 anytime. For more information about the Endura skillets sold at Walmart, consumers should call EKCO toll-free at (888) 778-0504 anytime.

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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