Product Recalls

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In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Fireworks of Alabama, Inc. of Adamsville, Ala., is voluntarily recalling about 72,000 boxes of bamboo stick sparklers. The sparklers' bamboo-stick handles can catch fire, burn and disintegrate and emit burning fragments during use. These sparklers present a fire hazard and a risk of burn injury.

CPSC and Fireworks of Alabama have not received any reports of injuries associated with these bamboo stick sparklers. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

The recalled sparklers are packaged in a multicolored cardboard box and sold with six sparklers per box. The sparklers measure about 7-inches long. Labels on the packaging read in part "Bamboo Stick Color Sparklers," "6 PIECES," and "MADE IN CHINA." Only bamboo sparklers with "LB-N011-7" printed on the packaging are included in the recall.

Variety stores sold these sparklers nationwide from June 2002 through December 2002 for about $2 a box.

Consumers should stop using these sparklers immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers can contact Fireworks of Alabama, Inc. at (800) 289-5569 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Playnation Play Systems of Kennesaw, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 1,400 "Fun Buckets," a vinyl bucket attached to a rope used to lift small items up to backyard play sets' forts. As children play on the play set's slide or platform, the 6- to 8-ft free-hanging rope can become entangled around the child's neck. This presents a strangulation hazard to young children.

Playnation is aware of two incidents where the bucket's rope became entangled around the necks of two 4-year-olds. Both of the children were freed without injury. However, CPSC knows of 135 children who have died in the last 10 years from all types of ropes, leashes or jump ropes that were attached to backyard play sets.

This recall involves "Fun Buckets" sold as an add-on option for backyard play sets. The 14-inch-deep buckets are either yellow or green vinyl and have a black nylon strap attached to the rope. The "Fun Bucket" was sold with a heavy wood bracket to attach it to the roof of a play set fort.

Distributors of backyard play sets nationwide sold the fun buckets from February 1998 through February 2003 for about $25.

Consumers should take down the "Fun Buckets" immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund or a credit toward another product. For more information, consumers can contact Playnation at (770) 792-9300 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's web site at

CPSC warns consumers never to allow free-hanging ropes on play sets because of the serious potential for strangulation to children. Any free-hanging rope should be taken down immediately. Consumers should contact CPSC about any such items purchased from a retailer.