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August 13, 1998

Release # 98-148
CPSC CONTACT: Nychelle Fleming
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC, Kmart Corp. Announce Recall of Inflatable Kiddie Boats

CPSC, Kmart Corp. Announce Recall of Inflatable Kiddie BoatsWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kmart Corporation of Troy, Mich., is conducting a recall of approximately 90,000 "Splash Club" Deluxe Inflatable Kiddie Boats. The seat of these pool toys can tear, causing small children to unexpectedly fall into the water and possibly drown.

Kmart has received four reports of the boat's seats tearing and causing children to fall into the water. No injuries have been reported.

The Deluxe Inflatable Kiddie Boats are vinyl and consist of an orange inflatable circular tube with blue handles and a seat in the middle. The boats also have an inflatable, clear plastic barbell with various colored balls inside attached to the front of the boat. Writing on the boat includes, "KIDDIE BOAT . . INTRODUCES YOUR CHILD TO WATER . . . SPLASH CLUB," and has a picture of a dolphin jumping through a hoop. The boxes in which the boats were packaged are labeled with UPC Code 016438897204 or 016438100205 and Kmart Code 372954-115.

Kmart stores nationwide sold the kiddie boats from September 1996 through July 1998 for about $10.

Consumers should immediately stop using the these kiddie boats, and return them to their nearest Kmart store for a refund. For further information about this recall, contact Kmart at (800) 63KMART 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