|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 1998
Release # 98-060
|Company Phone Number: (800) 226-3647
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Nychelle Fleming, (301) 504-7063
CPSC, Effanbee Doll Company Announce Recall of Miniature Rocking Chairs
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Effanbee Doll Company of East Brunswick, N.J., is recalling about 2,500 miniature rocking chairs. The chair has excessive levels of lead in the paint, presenting a potential lead poisoning hazard to young children.
CPSC and Effanbee are not aware of any illnesses or injuries involving this product. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of illness or injury.
The rocking chair is wooden and each side of the chair is shaped into a cat's profile. The chair is painted white and the cat profiles are painted white with yellow outlines. The cat wears a green collar decorated with yellow and red dots. The cat also has brown flecks around its paws and tail. The cat has a red mouth, black nose, and black and gray eyes and ears. The chair measures about 1.75 inches wide and 4 inches long at its base. The rocking chair is part of the Wee Patsy Travel Set, which includes a miniature suitcase, two dolls, a paper doll book, doll clothing, a miniature train, a clown clothes tree, a miniature jack-in-the box, a plastic cat and the miniature rocking chair. Only the rocking chair is being recalled.
Doll, gift, collectible and specialty toy stores nationwide, J.C. Penney catalogs and the Effanbee Collector's Society sold the Wee Patsy Travel Set from June 1996 through December 1996 for about $115.
Consumers should take the miniature rocking chair away from children immediately. Effanbee is offering consumers a $5 refund, including postage, for the return of the miniature rocking chair. For information on how to return the miniature rocking chair and obtain a refund, consumers should call Effanbee at (800) 226-3647 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or write to the company at 19 Lexington Ave., East Brunswick, NJ 08816.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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