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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 1998

Release # 98-172
CONTACT: Mark Ross
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188

CPSC, TV Guard Inc. Announce Recall to Repair TV Guards

CPSC, TV Guard Inc. Announce Recall to Repair TV GuardsWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), TV Guard Inc., of Manalapan, N.J., is recalling to repair about 70,000 TV Guards, a plastic shield that attaches to a television to cover control buttons. Children can tip the television over onto themselves by pulling on the TV Guard, and sustain bodily injury.

TV Guard Inc. has received three reports of young children suffering injuries when they pulled on the guard and the television fell on top of them. A broken leg, a severely bruised pelvic area, and facial cuts along with a bruised leg and foot have been reported.

The TV Guard, measuring about 19 inches long, is made of clear plastic.One part of the shield fits under the television set and the other aligns itself across the front panel, where the controls are. A white sticker on the shield is labeled in part, "WARNING: Children can tip the television over onto themselves by pulling on the TV Guard...TV Guard Inc." The product was sold in a blue box labeled in part, "TV GUARD...Babies can't push buttons...No more interruptions...Childproof your television with our amazing plastic shield...Made in the USA."

Juvenile catalogs and juvenile product stores nationwide sold the TV Guard from April 1993 to September 1998 for about $10.

Consumers should immediately remove the guard from the television and call the company's 24-hour toll-free hotline at (877) TVGUARD. Consumers will receive a free, low-skid pad for use with TV Guard, to help prevent the television set from tipping.

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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