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Pogo sticks recalled as safety hazard

A California company is recalling about 159,000 Disney-branded pogo sticks because of injuries after the bottom tip wore out, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

Bravo Sports of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., distributed the pogo sticks.

The commission said the bottom rubber tip attached to the pogo stick frame can wear out prematurely, posing a fall hazard to consumers. Also, the end caps on the handlebars can come off, exposing sharp edges.

Bravo and the commission have received 82 reports of the bottom tip wearing out on the pogo sticks, including five reports of injuries. A 9-year-old girl suffered a skull fracture and chipped a tooth. Another 9-year-old girl cut her lip and chin, requiring stitches. Other injuries included scrapes, hits to the head and teeth pushed in.

The models included in this recall are the Disney Hannah Montana Pogo Stick, the Disney/Pixar Toy Story Cruising Cool Pogo Stick, the Disney/Pixar Cars Pogo Stick, the Disney Princess Pogo Stick and the Disney Fairies Cruising Cool Pogo Stick. The pogo sticks have Disney labels between the handlebars.

The pogo sticks, made in China, were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Kmart, Kohls.com, Target and Toys R Us from February 2009 through June 2011 for about $20.

Consumers should immediately stop using the pogo sticks and contact Bravo Sports toll-free at 855-469-3429 between 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fort Wayne time.

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