PetSmart Expands Recall of Fish Bowls Due to Laceration Hazard

Nov 17, 2015, 14:30 ET from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

Recall Summary

Name of product: Glass fish bowls

Hazard: The glass fish bowls can crack, shatter or break during normal handling, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

Remedy: Refund 

Consumer Contact: PetSmart toll-free at 888-839-9638 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or online at and click on "Product Recalls" under the "Shop With Us" heading at the bottom of the page for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 81,300 in the U.S. and 4,000 in Canada (an additional 10,200 were recalled in the U.S. on April 24, 2014 and 1,000 were previously recalled in Canada)

Description: This recall involves the 1.75 gallon glass fish bowl that is shaped like a brandy snifter. These fish bowls were sold under the Grreat Choice or Top Fin brand names with SKU number 5140161 and UPC code 737257187092. The SKU and UPC codes are printed on a white sticker on the bottom of the fish bowl.

Incidents/Injuries: PetSmart has received 20 new reports of the glass fish bowl breaking during normal use, including 14 additional reports of cuts to fingers and hands. Seven cuts required stitches and three others required surgery for lacerated tendons. 

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the fish bowl and return the fish bowl to any PetSmart store for a full refund. Use caution when handling the fish bowl for return due to the hazard.

Sold exclusively at: PetSmart stores nationwide from March 2010 through September 2013 for about $20.

Importer/Distributor: PetSmart Inc., of Phoenix, Ariz.

Manufacturer:  Shanghai Freeart Trading Co. Ltd., of China

Manufactured in: China

Health Canada's press release is available at:

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