Candy Filled Toy Funglasses Are A Choking Hazard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Elaine Tyrrell

May 26, 1994

(301) 504-6815

Release # 94-082

 

Candy Filled Toy Funglasses Are A Choking Hazard

PRODUCT: 7,000 blister packs each containing four pairs of "Candy Filled Funglasses" distributed by Sansom, Inc. The funglasses were sold nationwide by Lionel Leisure stores and other retail toy stores from January 1993 through December 1993.

PROBLEM: The funglass frames are made of 7/8 inch clear plastic tubing and are filled with candy beads. At each end of each tube is a white cap that may easily come off presenting a choking hazard to children under the age of three.

WHAT TO DO: Take the funglasses away from young children under the age of three immediately. Funglasses purchased from Lionel Leisure stores, which have gone out of business, may be discarded or mailed to Sansom for a refund including postage. Funglasses purchased from other retail toy stores may be returned where purchased for a refund or mailed to Sansom. Sansom, Incorporated's address is 1530 Locust Street, #15F, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Consumers who have questions about this recall may contact Tim Rolland at (800) 776-4386.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Sansom, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, is voluntarily recalling 7,000 blister packs containing four "Candy Filled Funglasses," model number 180. These blister packs were mistakenly labeled as "SAFE FOR ALL AGES." During routine CPSC testing, the end caps separated from the funglasses presenting potential choking hazards to young children under the age of three. The sunglass frames are made from 7/8" clear plastic tubing and are filled with candy beads. At each end of each tube is a white cap that may easily come off. The label on the blister pack in part reads: "4-PIECE PARTY PACK, Fun-Time™, DISTRIBUTED BY SANSOM, INC., . . . ASSEMBLED IN MEXICO." The funglasses were distributed nationwide at Lionel Leisure Stores and other retail toy stores from January 1993 through December 1993. The funglasses sold for $2.00 each.

Consumers are urged to take the funglasses away from children under the age of three immediately. Funglasses purchased from Lionel Leisure stores may be discarded or mailed to Sansom for a refund including postage. Funglasses purchased from other retail toy stores may be returned where purchased or mailed to Sansom for a refund. The address for Sansom, Inc. is 1530 Locust Street, #15F, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Consumers who have questions about this recall may contact Tim Rolland toll- free at: (800) 776-4386.

This voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury to children under the age of three. The new version of the funglasses, which is currently on the market, is labeled for "Ages 3 and Up" and carries a warning about the small parts contained in the product. The incorrectly labeled funglasses were identified by U.S. Customs in Eagle Pass, TX during a joint CPSC/U.S. Customs surveillance program.

CPSC is the Federal agency responsible for consumer product safety. Some 15,000 different types of consumer products fall within CPSC's jurisdiction.