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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 1999

Release # 99-136
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
Gerber: Malesia Dunn
(908) 598-7037

CPSC, Gerber Announce Recall of LIL’ SPORT Spill Proof Sport Bottles

CPSC, Gerber Announce Recall of LILВ’ SPORT Spill Proof Sport BottlesWASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gerber Products Co., of Summit, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 300,000 LIL’ SPORT Spill Proof Sport Bottles. A valve inside the cap can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Gerber and CPSC have received over 30 reports of valves detaching, including three reports of valves found in children’s mouths. There have been no reported injuries.

The bottles that are part of this recall are the Gerber LIL’ SPORT Spill Proof Sport Bottles. These are colored plastic bottles for children 18 months and older. The bottles can be identified easily by their flip-top lids. The LIL’ SPORT Spill Proof Sport Bottle is a 12-ounce plastic bottle with a curved body shape similar to that of an adult sport bottle. A separate screw-top cap sits on the body and features a spill proof spout covered by a flip-top lid. The Gerber name is featured on top of the lid. The bottle body comes in solid colors as well as one Baby Looney TunesTM design.

Mass merchandise and grocery stores sold these bottles nationwide from February 1999 to July 1999 for about $4 (individually) to $8 (twin-pack).

Parents and caregivers should stop children from using these bottles immediately, and return the bottles to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information, consumers should call Gerber at (800) 4-GERBER anytime or visit their website at www.gerber.com.

Other Gerber spill proof cups are not part of 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 info@cpsc.gov.

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