Health Canada has recalled feathered boas from Danson Decor in various colours, with the following Item Code / UPC: H18560 62615 31856 7, H306940 62615 30694 6, as well as ArtMinds black craft boas from Michaels with the UPC 400100633083 and SKU 072012.
Both lines of boas failed to meet Canadian flammability requirements for Halloween costumes, and may ignite, posing potential burn risk for children and adults alike.
While neither Danson Decor, The Michaels Companies, Inc. nor Health Canada has received reports of incidents or injuries relating to the boas, customers are advised to stop using the items immediately and either dispose of them or return to the place of purchase for a refund.
For further information, customers can contact Danson Decor toll free at 1-800-363-1865 or 1-514-335-2435 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PST, Monday through Friday, or visit Danson Decor's website. The Michaels Companies, Inc. can be reached toll-free at 1-800-642-4235 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday, or via the Michael's website.
From August 2013 to September 2014, approximately 8,640 of Danson Decor boas were sold in Canada, while approximately 4,073 of Michaels boas were sold from March 2009 to September 2014.
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