Disney Souvenir Recalled Due to Risk of Skin Irritation
The Buzz Lightyear, Tinker Bell and Lighting McQueen light-up watches manufactured by Time Industrial of Hong Kong may cause irritation and/or burning sensations to children who are allergic to nickel, according to a statement released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
"We review safety for each of the hundreds of thousands of products sold at Disney parks," Disney spokeswoman Zoraya Suarez tells AOL Travel News. "Our goal is to get as many of (these watches) back as possible."
Suarez says Disney removed the products from its shelves and contacted the manufacturer and the CPSC after receiving six reports of children who experienced burning sensations while wearing the watches.
"While the product meets all regulatory and safety requirements, and it is believed the injury only occurs when the wearer has an allergy to nickel, Disney decided that a recall is the best course of action," Suarez says.
Federal regulators say a current from the watch battery interacts with the nickel in the watch's stainless steel back.
The watches have a light-up function that enables children to press a button that illuminates colorful lights on the dial of the watch.
Consumers are being advised to immediately take the watches away from children.
The watches were sold between November 2010 and January 2011 at Disneyland Resort in California; Walt Disney World Resort in Florida; The Treasure Ketch and Cast Member shops on Disney Cruise Line ships; and Disney's Earport Shop and The Magic of Disney Shop located at the Orlando International Airport in Florida.
Disney is asking consumers not to bring the watches to the parks but rather to call 877-560-6477. Operators will take information to send a prepaid postage label for return of the watches.
While the watches sold for about $30, Disney is reimbursing consumers $40 "for their inconvenience," Suarez says. She says Disney's goal is to collect the recalled watches in one location.
Each watch has a tracking code engraved on the back of the watch and printed on the packaging that reads: K130-6377-7-10187.
Last month, federal consumer safety regulators recalled about 55,000 Disney pendants sold at Walmart stores because the products had high levels of the toxic metal cadmium. "The Princess and The Frog" pendants were sold for $5 each.
(Fran Golden contributed to this report.)
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