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July 28, 1998

Release # 98-147
CPSC CONTACT: Nychelle Fleming
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC, Almar Sales Co. Announce Recall of Children's Jewelry Sets

CPSC, Almar Sales Co. Announce Recall of Children's Jewelry SetsWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Almar Sales Co. Inc., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 28,000 children's jewelry sets. The necklaces and bracelets involved in this recall can break, releasing small plastic beads that pose potential choking and aspiration hazards to young children.

CPSC and Almar Sales are not aware of any injuries involving these jewelry sets. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The children's jewelry sets are sold under the Expressions brand name. The sets contain a bracelet and a necklace made from colorful plastic beads strung on an elastic cord. The jewelry sets subject to this recall come in the following five styles:

Style # Beads
NB104 Round with hearts or round with hearts, flowers and cylinders
NB113 Round, with either apples, bananas, cherries, grapes or pineapples
NB114 Round with slippers
NB118 Round with bears
NB136 Round with a combination of hearts, stars, cylinders, and/or disks

The style number is found on the cardboard hang tag, attached to the sets at the time of purchase.

Toy and novelty stores nationwide sold the jewelry sets from January 1994 vthrough June 1998 for about $1.

Consumers should take the recalled jewelry away from children immediately, and return them to the store where purchased or directly to Almar Sales Co., 17 West 37th St., New York, NY 10018 for a refund. For more information, consumers should call Almar Sales Co. Inc. at (800) 251-2522 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday. Other Expressions brand jewelry sets or sets with clasps are not involved in this recall.

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