CPSC, Gymboree Announce Recall of Plush Shape Sorters and Stacking Toys

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2000
Release # 00-150
Company Phone Number: (800) 222-7758
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic, (301) 504-7058

CPSC, Gymboree Announce Recall of Plush Shape Sorters and Stacking Toys

PRODUCT: Plush Shape Sorter Toys - The Gymboree Corp., of Burlingame, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 19,000 plush shape sorter toys. The toy is a multi-colored, plush fabric sorter box with six shapes that rattle, crackle or squeak, and have a multi-pattern design including, green with blue polk-a-dots, red and orange checks, and blue and green stripes. A label on the toy reads, "GYMBOREE" and "Made In China." Gymboree and Play & Music Stores, and the Gymboree web site sold the toys nationwide from November 1998 through April 2000 for about $20.

PROBLEM: The stuffing of the toys can contain sewing needles and sharp metal pieces. Young children could ingest or be cut by these sharp metal pieces.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: There has been one report of a part of a sewing needle in the stuffing of the plush shape sorter toy. After searching through its inventory, the firm found five additional plush shape sorter toys with sharp metal pieces. No injuries have been reported.

WHAT TO DO: Stop using the toys immediately, and return it to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information, contact Gymboree at (800) 222-7758 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

Plush Shape Sorter

PRODUCT: Plush Stacking Toys - The Gymboree Corp., of Burlingame, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 12,000 plush stacking toys. The toy has four mutli-colored stacking shapes that graduate from large to small with plush fabric that rattle, crackle or squeak. The shapes of the stacking toy are a circle, square, triangle and star, and have multi-pattern designs including green with purple polk-a-dots, red and orange checks, and blue and green stripes. A label on these toys read, "GYMBOREE" and "Made In China." Gymboree and Play & Music Stores, and the Gymboree web site sold the toys nationwide from November 1998 through June 2000 for about $20.

PROBLEM: The stuffing of the toys can contain sewing needles and sharp metal pieces. Young children could ingest or be cut by these sharp metal pieces.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: After searching through its inventory, the firm found sharp metal pieces in six of the plush shape stacking toys. No injuries have been reported.

WHAT TO DO: Stop using the toys immediately, and return it to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information, contact Gymboree at (800) 222-7758 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

Stacking Toy