|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 1998
Release # 98-140
|Company Phone Number: (787) 796-1560
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Nychelle Fleming, (301) 504-7063
CPSC, In-Mar Trading Inc. Announce Recall of Jet Fighter Toy and Various Squeak Toys
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), In-Mar Trading Inc., of Dorado, Puerto Rico, is recalling more than 10,000 various plastic toys. The squeeze toys that are part of this recall each contain a squeaker, and the jet fighter toy contains small parts, all of which can become separated from the toy. These small parts present a choking hazard to young children, and in some cases, an aspiration hazard which could result in death.
CPSC and In-Mar are not aware of any injuries involving these toys. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The six different squeeze toys involved in this recall are each approximately 4 inches in height, made of pliable plastic and contain a squeaker element located at the base of each toy. Each squeeze toy depicts a different animal including a gopher, penguin, rabbit, tiger, bear and mouse. The squeaker toys are sold packaged in a clear plastic bag with cardboard header reading: "ANIMAL TOYS With Sound***828-6***MADE IN CHINA."
The jet fighter toy is nearly 8 inches long, is mostly black with a green tail, and the driver wears a blue helmet. Writing on the jet's labels include, "Marlboro***USAF- 28***DL". The jet is packaged in a clear plastic bag with a cardboard header that reads, "TOYS***MADE IN CHINA***Ages 3 And Up."
The toys were sold in various discount stores in Puerto Rico. The squeeze toys were sold from January 1997 through June 1998, and the jet fighter toys were sold from December 1996 through June 1998. All the toys sold for about $1.
Consumers should take these toys away from young children immediately and return the toy to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should call In-Mar at (787) 796-1560 between 9:00 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The firm will accept collect calls from consumers calling outside the Dorado area.
Inquiries in Spanish can be directed to Jésus Chaírez, CPSC, at (214) 827-6239.
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
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