Thursday, August 20, 2009

Weight Watchers Recalls Plush Hungry Figures and Magnets Due to Puncture Hazard

U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission Health Canada


August 20, 2009
Release # 09-318 Firm’s Recall Hotline: (866) 288-3891
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983

Weight Watchers Recalls Plush Hungry Figures and Magnets Due to Puncture Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of product: Hungry Figures and Hungry Magnets

Units: About 420,000 in the United States and 25,000 in Canada

Distributor: Weight Watchers Intl., of New York, N.Y.

Manufacturer: Shanghai Oriland Toys Co. Ltd, of China

Hazard: Sewing needles have been found in the stuffing of the Hungry Figures, posing a puncture hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Weight Watchers has received two reports from company employees of a sewing needle being found in two Hungry Figures. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The Hungry Figures and Hungry Magnets have orange plush exteriors. The Hungry Figure is about 6 inches long and the Hungry Magnet is about 4 inches long.

Sold exclusively by: Weight Watchers between April 2009 and July 2009 for between $4 and $7.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Hungry Figures and Hungry Magnets and return them to Weight Watchers to receive a full refund or a credit towards the purchase of another product.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Weight Watchers toll-free at (866) 288-3891 between 8:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at

Note: Health Canada’s press release can be seen at

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting


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For additional information contact:

Alan L. Morton
1005 North Eighth Street
Post Office Box 420
Boise, ID 83701-0420
Telephone: 208.344.5555
Toll Free: 866.946.1669 (866.WIN.1.NOW)
Facsimile: 208.342.2509

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