Last night, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission had to remind folks that it had announced a recall of more than 500,000 Spa Factory Aromatherapy Fountain & Bath Benefits Kits. The reason for the reminder: People are still getting injured when the unvented jar lids go POP!
From the CPSC:
This children’s product was originally recalled in January 2009. Since that time, there have been additional injuries caused by the Spa Factoryâ„¢ Spa Fantasy Aromatherapy Fountain & Bath Benefits Kits. Pressure from the buildup of carbon dioxide in the jars of Bath Bombs/Balls or Bath Fizzies that come with the kits can cause the unvented lids to blow off, posing explosion and projectile hazards. The flying pieces also can cause property damage. Additionally, the mixture of water with the Bath Bombs/Balls or Bath Fizzies can create citric acid. This acid can get into consumers’ eyes when the jars explode, posing a risk of eye irritation.
When the initial recall was announced in Jan. 2009, CPSC had received 88 reports of exploding jars, including 13 injuries to children. In the nearly 20 months since, CPSC has received 12 additional reports of exploding unvented jars of JAKKS’ Bath Bombs/Balls or Bath Fizzies, including 13 additional reported injuries.
“The new injuries include irritated eyes, irritated skin and one eye injury from projectile jar lids,” says the agency’s recall statement.
The kits listed in the chart here were sold at Sam’s Club, Walmart, Target and other stores nationwide from August 2008 through August 2010.
If you still own one of these kits, CPSC says you should “immediately take the toy’s jars and caps away from children and dispose of any jar lids without vent holes. Only use jars that have lids with vent holes.”
Consumers should immediately take the toy’s jars and caps without vent holes away from children, dispose of any jar lids without vent holes and contact JAKKS Pacific to receive free jar lids with vent holes. Contact JAKKS toll-free at (877) 875-2557 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, visit the firm’s website at http://www.myspafactory.com or email the firm at email@example.com
JAKKS PacificÂ® Recalls Spa Factoryâ„¢ Aromatherapy Kits Due to Explosion and Projectile Hazards [original recall announcement]