CPSC: California Innovation’s Expandable Lunch Boxes Recalled for Ingestion Risk

01/24/2012 // WPB, FL, USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Washington, D.C. — Expandable insulated lunch boxes with freezer gel packs by California Innovations have been voluntarily recalled by the firm and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for ingestion hazards the defective product poses to consumers. The CPSC announced the nationwide product recall on January 23, 2012.

The recall was issued after discovering that the gel packs contain diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol, which can leak from damaged freezer packs. A poisoning hazard is posed if children or adults ingest the chemicals.

“The recalled product is a Ci Sport three-piece, expandable, insulated lunch box set, which includes the lunch box, aluminum bottle and the freezer gel pack. The lunch box of the recalled set has the code ‘1-61731-99-57’ printed on one of the two white labels that are sewn under the white fastener inside the main compartment. The lunch box is 8 inches wide, 5 inches deep and 10.25 inches high. It is made of vinyl, polyester nylon and crushed nylon and has a logo with the words ‘Ci Sport’ attached to the upper left corner. The lunch box has a carrying handle on the top and a mesh carrying pouch for the aluminum bottle on the side. The aluminum bottle measures 2.75 inches in diameter and 7.5 inches tall. The gel pack is a 6-inch by 4-inch transparent plastic pouch filled with blue liquid gel. The words ‘Cryofreeze’ and ‘Ice Pack/Hot Pack’ are printed in white letters on the front of the pouch. The lunch box was available in four colors: navy blue, red, black and denim blue,” the CPSC reported.

Consumers are advised to return the lunch box set to any Costco for a full refund or a $5 cash refund for the gel pack.

For more information concerning the product recall, consumers can contact California Innovations at (800) 722-2545 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.californiainnovations.com.

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