Retractable Dog Leashes

NEWS from CPSCU.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207
September 3, 2008
Release #08-387
Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 296-3807
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Worldwise Inc. Recalls Retractable Dog Leashes; Metal Clasp Can Break
and Cause Facial and Body Injuries to Dog Owners
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
cooperation with the firm named below, today announced voluntary
recalls of the following consumer products. Consumers should stop
using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Products: SlyDog™ Retractable Dog Leashes

Units: About 223,000

Importer: Worldwise Inc., of San Rafael, Calif.

Hazard: The metal clasp connecting the leash to a dog’s collar can
bend or break while in use, causing the leash to recoil back
unexpectedly. This poses a serious risk of injury to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Worldwise has received five reports of injuries,
including facial cuts, a broken tooth, displaced eye lens, and a
bruised collar bone.

Description: This recall involves the SlyDog™ Retractable Dog Leash
with a metal clasp. The leash has a handle composed of a blue plastic
case with a black plastic grip. The leash is made of a black woven
strap and measures approximately one-half inch wide. The end of the
leash has a metal clasp which connects to the dog’s collar. The
SlyDog™ retractable leashes with a plastic clasp are not included in
this recall.

Sold by: Dollar General Stores nationwide from September 2007 through
August 2008 for about $5.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these leashes immediately and
return them to Worldwise Inc. for a full refund, including shipping

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Worldwise toll-free at
(888) 296-3807 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or
visit the firm’s Web site at