CPSC, Meijer Inc. Announce Recall of Children's Wands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2001
Release # 01-109
Company Phone Number: (800) 543-3704
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic, (301) 504-7058

CPSC, Meijer Inc. Announce Recall of Children's Wands

PRODUCT: Light and Glitter Wands - Meijer Inc., of Grand Rapids, Mich., is voluntarily recalling about 5,000 "All That Glitters" light and glitter wands. The "All That Glitters" light and glitter wand is about 9-inches long, and has a gold-colored handle with a clear plastic ball on top filled with a pink liquid and glitter. Pushing on the bottom of the wand illuminates the ball. The wand operates with two AA-batteries. A plastic label on the side of the wand reads, "AA x2." Meijer stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio sold these wands from January 2000 through January 2001 for between $2 and $4.

PROBLEM: The batteries can short-circuit, causing the wands' handles to become very hot and melt the plastic, posing a risk of burn injuries to children.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: Meijer has received two reports of the wands short- circuiting, causing the wands to become hot to the touch and the plastic to melt. No injuries have been reported.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should take these wands away from children immediately, and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information, contact Meijer Inc. at (800) 543-3704 anytime from the Midwest. From outside the Midwest, call collect at (616) 453-6711 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Consumers also can visit the firm's web site at www.meijer.com/qa/.
Picture of Light and Glitter Wand