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Recall of the Week: An Ashland brand glass vase sold at Michaels due to laceration hazard

By Rita R. Robison

Michaels Stores Inc. is recalling about 28,000 Ashland brand glass vases in the United States and 1,800 in Canada

Vose GlassThe glass vases can break or fracture when consumers pick them up, posing a laceration hazard, Michaels and the U.S. Consumer Product Commission said in a statement.

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

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.

Manufactured in China, the vases were sold only at Michaels Arts & Crafts Stores from January 2008 through October 2011 for about $20.

Consumers should stop using the vases and return them to a Michaels Arts & Crafts Store for a full refund, the company and commission advise. To avoid the risk of breakage and possible injury, handle the vase with care.

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: A Health Canada statement about the recall also is available.

Copyright 2011, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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