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                     Sportsstuff Inc.
        Recalls Air Pumps for Laceration Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Com-
mission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today 
announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer 
product. Consumers should stop using recalled products 
immediately unless otherwise instructed. 
Name of product: Inflator Air Pumps

Importer: Sportsstuff Inc., of Omaha, Neb.

Hazard: These air pumps can overheat and explode during 
use, posing a risk of lacerations to the user and nearby 
consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Sportsstuff has received 52 reports 
of pumps exploding, 13 of which resulted in lacerations. 
Six of these incidents involved facial lacerations and 
one consumer reported an eye injury.

Description: The recalled products are 2.5 PSI pumps 
with model numbers 57-1504-A and 57-1504 that are used 
to inflate low pressure inflatable items such as rafts 
and toys. The Model No. 57-1504-A pump was sold 
separately with an assortment of interlocking nozzles 
to adapt to a number of needs. The Model 57-1504 pump 
was sold with the Sportsstuff Launch Pod, an inflatable 
water trampoline sold under Sportsstuff number 58-1002. 
The model number and the date code "0104" are located 
on the Underwriters’ Laboratories label on the top of 
each pump. "2.5 PSI" was not written on the air pump, 
but was written on the packaging.

Sold through: Marine distributors, mail order catalogs, 
and sporting good and various other stores nationwide 
from January 2004 through January 2005 for about $50. 
The Launch Pod water trampolines that included recalled 
pumps were sold at Sam’s Club from January 2004 through 
August 2004 for about $375.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the 
pumps and contact Sportsstuff for a free replacement.

Consumer Contact: Call Sportsstuff toll-free at (888) 
814-8833 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through 
Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at 
www.sportsstuff.com

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      Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings
 Recalled by Seena International for Strangulation Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commis-
sion, in cooperation with the firm named below, today 
announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer 
product. Consumers should stop using recalled products 
immediately unless otherwise instructed. Name of Product:
Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings


Importer: Seena International, of Yaphank, N.Y.

Hazard: The garments have a drawstring through the hood, 
posing a strangulation hazard to children. In February 
1996, CPSC issued guidelines to help prevent children 
from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and 
waist by drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets 
and sweatshirts.

Incidents/Injuries: No incidents or injuries have been 
reported.

Description: This recall involves children’s fleece 
hooded sweatshirts, sizes 8-12. The sweatshirts were 
sold in black, brown, blue, red, grey, white and off-
white. The words “BKLYN Xpress” and “Brooklyn Xpress” 
and various graphic designs are embroidered on the 
sweatshirts. A sewn-in tag has one of the following 
style numbers: BXFL72B, BXFL73B, BXFL74B, BXFL75B, 
BXFL77B or BXFL80B. This recall only involves sweat-
shirts in sizes 8 to 12.

Sold at: Various clothing stores, including Ross Stores 
& Gordman’s, from September 2006 through December 2006 
for about $25.

Manufactured in: China 

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the draw-
strings from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard 
or return the garment to the store where purchased for 
help in removing the drawstring.

Customer Contact: For additional information, contact 
Seena International toll-free at (866) 927-5596 
between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through 
Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at 
www.brooklynxpress.com

Note: CPSC was alerted to this hazard by the State of 
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer 
Protection through its retail surveillance.

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              Hoover Company Fined $750,000
 for Failing to Report Fire Hazard with Vacuum Cleaners 

WASHINGTON , D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Com-
mission (CPSC) announced today that Hoover Company Inc., 
of North Canton, Ohio, has agreed to pay a $750,000 civil 
penalty. The penalty, which the Commission has provision-
ally accepted, settles allegations that the company failed 
to report to CPSC the sale of vacuum cleaners with defec-
tive on-off switches that can overheat and cause the 
vacuum cleaner to catch fire. 

In April 2005, Hoover conducted a recall of 636,000 Hoover 
Self-Propelled Upright Vacuum Cleaners because of defective 
on-off switches. 

In June 2004, after CPSC received notice of several vacuum 
cleaner incidents, the Commission staff requested Hoover 
provide a full report of incident information. In July 2004, 
when Hoover submitted a full report, it had notice of 260 
consumer incidents, of which 141 involved reports of fire. 
Additionally, there was one report of a minor burn injury. 

Hoover first learned of a vacuum cleaner switch on one of 
these units overheating and melting in April 1999. 

Federal law requires firms to report to CPSC immediately 
(within 24 hours) after obtaining information reasonably 
supporting the conclusion that a product contains a defect 
which could create a substantial risk of injury to the 
public, presents an unreasonable risk of serious injury or 
death, or violates a federal safety standard. 

These Hoover Self-Propelled Upright Vacuum Cleaners are 
plastic, upright vacuums with the brand name “Hoover” and 
words “Self Propelled” printed on the front of the product. 
Only those Hoover Self-Propelled Upright Vacuum Cleaners 
manufactured between May 1998 and November 1999 are 
included in the recall that is the subject of this 
penalty. 

For additional information, contact Hoover toll-free at 
(800) 250-6075 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday 
through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at 
www.hoover.com

In agreeing to settle the matter, Hoover Company Inc. 
denies CPSC’s allegations that the company knowingly 
violated the law. 

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