Michaels Stores recalls nearly 30,000 glass vases sold in U.S., Canada due to shatter hazard; four injuries reported

WASHINGTON , November 16, 2011 () – 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Ashland™ Glass Vase

Units: About 28,000 in the U.S. and 1,800 in Canada

Distributor: Michaels Stores Inc. of Irving, Tex.

Hazard: The glass vases can break or fracture when a consumer picks them up, posing a laceration hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received four reports of the vase shattering, causing lacerations to the hands for all four. One person had surgery, two got stitches.

Description: The vase is rectangular and made of clear glass. It is 12 inches tall, 8 inches wide and 2.5 inches deep. The SKU number "425827" and UPC number "6-927619-661665" are printed on a label on the bottom of the vase.

Sold exclusively at: Michaels Arts & Crafts Stores from January 2008 through October 2011 for about $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the vase and return it to a Michaels Arts & Crafts store for a full refund. To avoid the risk of breakage and possible injury, handle the vase with care.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Michaels at (800) 642-4235 Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT or visit the firm's website at www.michaels.com

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1454

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