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Health Canada Recalls Whistle-Flashers

Health Canada Recall Notice FlashlightNews.org - 11/08/2007

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Bright green whistle-flashers given to schoolchildren contain small parts/choking hazard


Bright Green Whistle-Flashers

Bright Green Whistle-Flashers

WINNIPEG, Canada - Manitoba Public Insurance is cautioning parents that bright green whistle-flashers distributed to schoolchildren earlier this week should only be used under adult supervision.

Manitoba Public Insurance provided the whistle-flashers to schools across the province to help schoolchildren be visible to motorists on Halloween night.

Full Product Description

The whistle-flasher is cylindrical , bright green in colour (with black writing) and approx. 3 cm in length. It is attached by a metal clip to a bright green/yellow material string so it may be worn around children's necks.

The whistle-light can be hung around a child's neck or easily attached to a jacket or backpack so children can "light up the night" on Halloween or any time they step outside after dark.

Hazard Identified

The whistle-flashers contain small batteries. When the whistle-flashers are unscrewed, the batteries in the product can come out. If swallowed, the batteries could become lodged in the throat. Medical professionals advise that if a battery is swallowed or becomes lodged in a child's nose or ear, parents should take them to the hospital immediately.

Please see the Manitoba Public Insurance Safety Advisory.

Corrective Action

Parents sould take these items away from children immediately.

Number Sold

Manitoba Public Insurance provided the whistle-flashers to schools across the province to help schoolchildren be visible to motorists on Halloween night. More than 100,000 safety whistle-lights were distributed through Manitoba schools.

Time Period Sold

The whistle-flashers were distributed to more than 700 schools the week before Halloween to students in kindergarten to Grade 6.

Distributor

Manitoba Public Insurance














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