Recall: Dollar Tree Stores Recall Paperweights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2002
Release # 02-122
Paperweight Recall Hotline: (800) 876-8077
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052

CPSC, Dollar Tree Stores Inc. Announce Recall of Paperweights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dollar Tree Stores Inc., of Chesapeake, Va., is voluntarily recalling about 165,000 paperweights. The paperweights can leak petroleum distillates, which can pose ingestion and flammability hazards to consumers.

CPSC and Dollar Tree Stores Inc. have not received any reports of incidents. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

The recalled paperweights were sold in four varieties:

SHAPE
LENGTH
INTERIOR
Pyramid 3 inches long, 3 inches wide and 3 inches high Sailboats floating in blue and clear liquid or hearts floating in clear liquid
Pyramid With a Heart 2 1/2 inches long, 2 1/2 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches high Sailboats floating in blue and clear liquid or multicolored hearts floating in clear liquid
Heart 2 1/2 inches long, 2 1/2 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches high Sailboats floating in blue and clear liquid or multicolored hearts floating in clear liquid
Double Heart 3 1/2 inches long, 2 1/2 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches high Sailboats floating in blue and clear liquid or multicolored hearts floating in clear liquid


All four varieties of paperweights have a label on the bases that reads, "817718*** OFSC3*** DOLLAR TREE DIST. *** MADE IN CHINA ***K's Collection."

Dollar Tree, Only One Dollar, Only $1, Dollar Express, and Dollar Bills retail stores nationwide sold the paperweights from August 2000 through September 2000 for about $1.

Consumers should stop using the paperweights immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, call Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. at (800) 876-8077 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

The State of Connecticut, Department of Consumer Protection, referred this matter to CPSC.