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Avon Recalls Defective Infant Santa Outfits, Tables

Apr 25, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP

In collaboration with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Avon has issued two voluntary recalls.  In both cases, the defective products were distributed by Avon Products Inc., of New York, New York and sold in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

In the first incident, Avon is recalling approximately 17,000 Infant Santa Outfits due to a choking hazard.  The Infant Santa Outfits were manufactured in China and imported by MacSwed, Inc., of New York, New York.  Although no injuries or incidents have been reported, to date, the pom poms on the 2006 and 2007 Infant Santa Outfit and the snaps on the 2007 Infant Santa Outfit can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

This recall involves the 2006 and 2007 Infant Santa Outfits with RN# 120273.  The 2006 Santa Outfit has a red hat decorated with a white pom pom and a red one-piece suit with white collar and white cuffs and stitched black belt and black boots.  The 2007 Infant Santa Outfits include a red hat decorated with a white pom pom, a red and white-striped bodysuit with a Santa Claus face on the chest, red overall pants with suspenders, and a red bib with a Santa Claus face on top.  Two snaps fasten the bodysuit at the shoulder and three snaps fasten the suit between the legs.  The outfits were sold in sizes three-to-18 months and “RN# 120273” is printed on the Infant Santa Outfit’s care label.

The recalled Infant Santa Outfits Sold through Avon Independent Sales Representatives in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from August 2006 through November 2007 and retailed for about $15 for the 2006 Infant Santa Outfits and about $20 for the 2007 Infant Santa Outfits.  Consumers should immediately take the 2007 Infant Santa Outfit away from children and contact Avon for a refund.  Consumers with the 2006 Infant Santa Outfit should immediately remove the pom-pom from the hat.

In the second incident, Avon—in collaboration with the CPCS—is recalling approximately 1,000 Basketball and Flower Tables due to violation of the lead paint standard.  The Avon Basketball Tables and Avon Flower Tables were made in Peru and imported by Sencillamaente Art Corp., of Dorado, Puerto Rico from June 2007 through August 2007.  The Avon Basketball Table retailed for about $32 and the Avon Flower Table retailed for about $37.  Although no injuries or incidents were reported, the surface paint on the Avon Basketball and Avon Flower Tables contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

The Basketball Table is about 16 inches tall with white legs and a 19-inch diameter top; the Flower Table is about 30 inches tall with a green petal stand and a 15-inch diameter purple and yellow top.  Consumers should take the tables away from children immediately and contact Avon for a full refund.  Known purchasers are being directly notified of this recall.

For additional information, contact Avon at (888) 993-9903 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit Avon’s Website at

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