|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2009
Release # 09-318
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (866) 288-3891
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983
Weight Watchers Recalls Plush Hungry Figures and Magnets Due to Puncture Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: Hungry Figures and Hungry Magnets
Units: About 420,000 in the United States and 25,000 in Canada
Distributor: Weight Watchers Intl., of New York, N.Y.
Manufacturer: Shanghai Oriland Toys Co. Ltd, of China
Hazard: Sewing needles have been found in the stuffing of the Hungry Figures, posing a puncture hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Weight Watchers has received two reports from company employees of a sewing needle being found in two Hungry Figures. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The Hungry Figures and Hungry Magnets have orange plush exteriors. The Hungry Figure is about 6 inches long and the Hungry Magnet is about 4 inches long.
Sold exclusively by: Weight Watchers between April 2009 and July 2009 for between $4 and $7.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Hungry Figures and Hungry Magnets and return them to Weight Watchers to receive a full refund or a credit towards the purchase of another product.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Weight Watchers toll-free at (866) 288-3891 between 8:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.weightwatchers.com
Note: Health Canada’s press release can be seen at http://126.96.36.199/PR/recall-retrait-e.jsp?re_id=833
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
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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