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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Avon Products Recalls Infant Santa Outfits



April 24, 2008
Alert #08-563

Infant Santa Outfits Recalled by Avon Products Due to Choking Hazard; Sold in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Infant Santa Outfits

Units: About 17,000

Distributor: Avon Products Inc., of New York, N.Y.

Importer: MacSwed Inc., of New York, N.Y.

Hazard: The pom poms on the 2006 and 2007 outfit and the snaps on the 2007 outfit can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves the 2006 and 2007 Santa Outfits with RN# 120273. The 2006 Santa Outfit includes a red hat decorated with a white pom pom and a red one-piece suit with white collar and cuffs, and stitched black belt and boots. The 2007 Santa Outfit includes a red hat decorated with a white pom pom, a red and white-striped bodysuit with a Santa Claus face on the chest, red overall pants with suspenders, and a red bib with Santa Claus face on top. Two snaps fasten the bodysuit at the shoulder and three snaps fasten the suit between the legs. The outfits were sold in sizes 3-18 months. “RN# 120273” is printed on the care label.

Sold through: Avon Independent Sales Representatives in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from August 2006 through November 2007 for about $15 for the 2006 outfit and about $20 for the 2007 outfit.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the 2007 outfit away from children and contact Avon for a refund. Consumers with the 2006 outfit should immediately remove the pom-pom from the hat.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Avon at (888) 993-9903 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.avon.com

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