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            TODAY'S CONSUMER - Friday, June 16, 2006
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                   Ruby’s Diner Inc. 
   Recalls Giveaway Yo-Yo Toy for Choking 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: Light-Up Yo-Yo Toy 

Units: About 200,000

Distributor: The Ruby Restaurant Group, doing business 
as Ruby’s Diner Inc., and Ruby’s Franchise Systems Inc., 
of Newport Beach, Calif.

Hazard: The yo-yo can separate and expose small parts. 
This presents a choking hazard to young children. 

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and The Ruby Restaurant Group 
have received one report of the yo-yo separating. No 
injuries have been reported. 

Description: The recalled yo-yo toys are clear plastic 
with red, blue or green tinted sides and light up while 
in motion. The toys are about 2 inches in diameter and 
have “Ruby’s Diner” printed on the each side.

Distributed at: Ruby’s Diner restaurants in Pennsylvania, 
Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Colorado and 
California from February 2006 through March 2006 included 
with the purchase of a kid’s meal.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumers should take the yo-yo toy from children 
immediately and return it to the nearest Ruby’s Diner for 
a free replacement toy. 

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Ruby’s 
Diner at (800) 439-7829 anytime.

Media Contact: Doug Cavanaugh, at (949) 644-7829 Ext.103

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           Etón Portable Radios Recalled, 
            Batteries Pose Fire 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: Etón E1XM-Model AM/FM/SW/XM-Ready 
Radios

Manufacturer: Etón Corp., of Palo Alto, Calif. 

Hazard: The battery in this radio can overheat and 
possibly rupture when using the AC adapter, posing a 
fire and burn hazard to consumers. 

Incidents/Injuries: Etón has received one report of a 
battery overheating. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The E1XM-model AM/FM/SW/XM-ready radios 
that are included in the recall have serial numbers 
from 3,067 through 5,642. The serial number is listed 
underneath the flap on the back of the unit. The Etón 
logo is located on the bottom left-hand corner of the 
unit. The XM radio logo and “e1” are written in the 
upper right corner of the radio. The unit is silver, 
and measures about 13-inches wide by 7.5-inches high 
by 2.5-inches deep. 

Sold at: Electronic stores and catalog, and on-line 
retailers from November 2004 through February 2006 for 
about $500.

Manufactured In: India

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled radios 
immediately, and call Etón Corp. for a refund or 
replacement product.

Consumer Contact: For more information call Etón Corp. 
at (800) 872-2228 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday 
through Friday, or visit the firm’s Website at 
www.etoncorp.com

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                       Safety Alert: 

                  Robert Bosch Tool Corp.
  Abrasive Cut-Off Wheels Lack Safety Warning Label

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Com-
mission, in cooperation with Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, 
today issued a Public Safety Notice for the following 
consumer products. Consumers should review the safety 
precautions below for abrasive cut-off wheels before 
further use of these wheels. 

Name of Product: Vermont American® Abrasive Cut-Off 
Wheels

Manufacturer: Robert Bosch Tool Corp., Mt. Prospect, Ill.

Hazard: The Abrasive Cut-Off Wheel packages are not proper-
ly labeled with precautionary information on proper use 
and operation. The failure of a user to follow the 
instructions below could result in injury.

"! WARNING Read, understand and comply with tool manual 
before use. Follow OSHA and ANSI B7.1 standards. Use eye, 
face, dust and ear protection. Wear body apron and gloves. 
Speed rating of wheel must be greater than tool speed. Do 
not grind without guard adjusted for maximum operator 
protection. Mount wheel with the tool flanges provided. 
Run-in for one minute before application. Do not jam, 
twist or pinch wheel in work piece or apply excessive side 
pressure to the wheel. RECOIL may occur if wheel is jammed. 
Do not use near flammable materials or gases; fire or 
explosion may result. Do not expose to water, condensation 
or freezing. Discard wheel if dropped, cracked or chipped."

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The wheels have a black, abrasive exterior; 
a red circular label on the interior; and are used to 
clean, slot, nick and cut metal. The wheels were sold 
under the “Vermont American” brand name had the follow-
ing catalog numbers, diameters and blade thickness:

Item # Diameter Blade Thickness 
28026 6-1/2" 1/8" 
28027 7"-7-1/4" 1/8" 
28028 8" 1/8" 
28030 10" 1/8" 
28032 12" 1/8" 
28033 14" 1/8" 

Sold at: Industrial distributors nationwide from January 
2001 through September 2005 for between $5 and $15. 

Manufactured In: Canada

Remedy: Consumers with abrasive cut-off wheels that are 
missing the safety instructions should contact Vermont 
American Customer Service to obtain safety warning 
information. 

Consumer Contact: Call Robert Bosch Tool Corp. at (800) 
742-3869 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday thru Friday. 

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