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State Recalls Imitation ‘Slap Bracelets’ After Girl’s Injury

October 12, 1990

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The state has ordered cheap imitations of the Slap Wrap removed from shelves after a 4-year-old cut herself on one of the bracelets.

The Department of Consumer Protection ordered the recall Thursday of foreign-made versions of the Connecticut-made Slap Wrap after several imitations failed safety tests.

When the 9-inch strip of metal is slapped against the wrist, it wraps itself around the wearer’s arm.

The department tested three versions of the steel bracelets encased in cloth for exposed sharp edges, which are prohibited on most toys under the state’s Child Protection Act.

Only the original Slap Wrap made by Simsbury-based Main Street Toy passed, said Lois Bryant, director of the department’s product safety division.

The bracelets that failed the test were imitations, some of them labeled ″Made in Taiwan″ and some not labeled at all, Bryant said.

Illinois-based Walgreen Co. said Thursday it had ordered its drug stores nationwide to remove ″slap bracelets″ from their shelves while the safety of the fad jewelry is being investigated.

Nicole Tomaso cut her finger Tuesday by a piece of metal protruding from the bracelet she bought at a Walgreens drugstore, her father, Joseph Tomaso, said.

When the 9-inch strip of metal is slapped against the wrist, it wraps itself around the wearer’s arm.

The bracelet that caused the injury was a copy of Slap Wraps, which sell for $2.49. The imitations cost less, usually 99 cents.

Main Street Toy maintains its bracelets, made with stainless steel, are safe, and says imitations are made from cheaper steel that will rust and break.

Elementary school officials in Pelham, N.Y., have banned the wraps because of concerns about children cutting themselves.

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