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Published: Tuesday, 11/6/2007

Swimways recalls 'Skippy' Pool Toys as laceration hazard

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Swimways Corp., of Virginia Beach, Va., announced a voluntary recall of about 31,000 Skippy Pool Toys manufactured in China. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

The elastic tongue of the fish can break and forcefully come out and cut the users hands during launching of the toy.

Swimways has received 24 reports of the pool toy breaking during use. There were five reports of injuries to children including one requiring stitches to a child s hand. Another child s thumbnail was ripped back from the nail bed.

This recall involves a rubber pool toy shaped like a fish. The fish are blue, purple or green colored and measure 8 inches long by 5 inches wide. A loop of elastic tubing shaped like a tongue comes out of the mouth of the fish and is used for launching the fish across the water like a slingshot. WARNING. Do not aim at another person. Made in China is printed on the bottom of the fish.

The recalled toys were sold at mass merchandisers and independent pool supply stores nationwide from February 2007 through September 2007 for about $10.

Consumers should take the toy away from children immediately and contact Swimways for a free replacement toy.

For additional information, contact Swimways toll-free at (888) 559-4653 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, or visit the firm s Web site at www.swimways.com

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