CPSC, JA-RU Inc. Announce Recall of "Blast Balls" Toys

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2001
Release # 02-042
JA-RU'S Hotline: (800) 231-3470
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic, (301) 504-7058

CPSC, JA-RU Inc. Announce Recall of "Blast Balls" Toys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), JA-RU Inc., of Jacksonville, Fla., is voluntarily recalling about 43,000 "Blast Balls" toys. When struck together, the toys create a cracking sound similar to that of a cap gun. The directions instruct consumers to strike one ball against the other in the palm of hand to create the cracking sound. When consumers strike the "Blast Balls" together, sparks can ignite, posing a burn hazard.

CPSC and JA-RU have received six reports of injuries, including minor burns to hands and fingers.

The recalled toys are packaged as "Super Bang...Blast Balls". The balls are sold two in a pack, in a variety of colors.

Convenience and novelty stores nationwide sold these toys from June 2001 through October 2001 for about $2.

Consumers should immediately stop using the "Blast Balls" and contact JA-RU for a refund. Consumers can contact JA-RU at (800) 231- 3470 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

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