Recall: Toad Lawn Sprinklers Recalled by Midwest

July 17, 2003
Release # 03-159
Company Phone Number: (800) 776-2075
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC, Midwest Announce Recall of Toad Lawn Sprinklers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Toad Lawn Ball Sprinkler

Units: 4,000

Manufacturer: Midwest, of Cannon Falls, Minn.

Hazard: A small hose inside the toad can fail, allowing water to fill the toad's cavity. The increased water pressure can cause the toad to explode, posing the risk of injury to anyone nearby.

Incidents/Injuries: There have been eight incidents involving the lawn balls exploding, though no injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: The green, frog-shaped sprinkler is 6 1/2 inches long, 6 1/2 inches wide and 7 inches tall. The recalled lawn balls have a label on the bottom that includes the model number 738449 508893 and the words, "Made in China."

Sold at: Drug, flower, garden, and gift stores nationwide sold the sprinklers from August 2002 through June 2003 for between $25 and $30.

Remedy: The sprinklers should be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For more information about the recall, consumers can call Midwest at (800) 776-2075 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or log onto their Web site at

Picture of Recalled Toad Lawn Sprinkler