A recall notice (number 17-020) issued last Thursday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission urged buyers of a line of Halloween-themed LED gel clings, sold by Target, to return them over risks of choking or ingestion by children.
The small decor pieces can separate to expose the inner decal and the LED battery compartment. These pieces are little and potentially hazardous when manipulated by young kids. Around 127,000 units have been sold so far.
The recall process concerns six different LED gel clings which contain two non-replaceable cell batteries. They are supposed to be stuck on windows for decoration and light up whenever somebody pushes their internal button.
Size and characteristics of the hazardous products
The gel clings come in six different designs, Green Skeleton, Pink Skeleton, Purple Spider, Purple and Black Cat, Orange and Black Pumpkin, and Green and Black Cat. All the pieces have different measures, but they are all roughly the same size, about 2 inches long x 2.75 inches wide x 0.5 inches tall. (5cm x 7cm x 1.27cm)
The model number is the same for all the products 234-25-0904. So far, no incidents related to the gel clings have been reported by consumers. The LED toys started selling August to September 2016 for about $1. Target imported them, and their manufacturing took place in China.
When and how to return the LED gel clings
The CPSC states that buyers can contact Target directly by calling their Customer Service line at 800-440-0680, which is the number for in-store purchases. The Service works from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Target’s official website has a section listing all recalls. Users can find the current one under the ‘School/Stationery/Seasonal.’ category. The site contains no further information concerning the recall process.
Their official Facebook fan page also has a Recall sections listing two phone numbers where users can call to get information about returning recalled products. The first is the one mentioned above and the second is for online purchases, 800-591-3869.
Target claims that whenever one of their products is recalled, they put a ‘lock’ on the item number at the cash register and the online store to keep the product from selling. They also do follow-ups by phone with customers who purchased recalled products via their REDcard.
About the Consumer Product Safety Commission
The CPSC is an independent administrative agency and partner of the US government founded in 1972. Its headquarters are in Bethesda, Maryland. It works to conduct research on potentially hazardous consumers products and to create policies for customer safety.