|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 1998
Release # 99-006
Company Phone Number: (800) 63KMART
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Nychelle Fleming, (301) 504-7063
CPSC, Kmart Corp. Announce Recall of Inflatable Baby Floats
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kmart Corporation of Troy, Mich., is conducting a recall of approximately 114,000 "Splash Club" Deluxe Baby Floats. The seat of the pool toy can tear at the seam causing children to unexpectedly fall into the water and possibly drown.
Kmart has received one report of the float's seat tearing and causing a child to fall into the water. No injuries have been reported.
The Deluxe Baby Floats are vinyl and consist of an orange inflatable circular tube with a blue interior ring. Writing on the float includes, "Super Kiddie Float . . . INTRODUCES YOUR CHILD TO WATER . . . SPLASH CLUB," and has a picture of a dolphin jumping through a hoop. The packaging is labeled with UPC Code 016438897266 or 016438100267, and Kmart Code 372953-117, located just above the price.
Kmart stores nationwide sold the kiddie boats from September 1996 through August 1998 for about $6.
On August 13, 1998, CPSC and Kmart recalled approximately 90,000 "Splash Club" Deluxe Inflatable Kiddie Boats. The seat of these pool toys also can tear, causing small children to unexpectedly fall into the water and possibly drown.
Kmart received four reports of the boat's seats tearing and causing children to fall into the water. No injuries were 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 these baby floats, 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 (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
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