Target Jumbo Pencils with Sharpeners

SIAR Code: 19990
Notifying Country: United States of America
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Publication Date: Oct 18, 2005
Product Origin Country: China
Manufacturer: Target
Defect Description: Target Recall of Jumbo Pencils with Sharpeners NEWS from CPSC U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 18, 2005 Release #06-009 Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 440-0680 CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772 CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908 CPSC, Target Announce Recall of Jumbo Pencils with Sharpeners WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Name of Product: Jumbo Pencils with Sharpeners Units: About 176,000 Manufacturer: Target Corp., of Minneapolis, Minn. Hazard: The sharpener's razor blade is exposed when the cover is removed. Also, the pencil sharpener hole is large enough to allow a finger to fit inside. This poses a laceration hazard to children and adults. Incidents/Injuries: Target has received 17 reports involving the pencil sharpeners, including 12 children and adults who received cuts to their fingers from the sharpener's razor blade. Description: The jumbo pencil has a red eraser on the end and comes with a pencil sharpener. Pencils are either short, 8 ½ inches long and one inch wide, or long, 15 inches long and ½ inch wide. The pencils are blue, red or striped. The sharpeners are pink or blue and come in a clear plastic pouch. Model number 70505 is printed on the pouch. Manufactured in: China Sold at: Target Stores nationwide from July 2005 through August 2005 for about $1. Remedy: Consumers should take the recalled jumbo pencil with sharpeners away from children immediately and return them to the nearest Target store for a GiftCard of $1 plus applicable state tax. Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or log onto the firm's Web site at