|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2000
Release # 00-053
|Company Phone Number: (877) 293-2327
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Nychelle Fleming, (301) 504-7063
Vermont Teddy Bear Co. POC: Cal Workman, (802) 985-1362
CPSC, Vermont Teddy Bear Co.® and Zany Brainy, Inc.® Announce Recall of Skateboard Keychains Sold With Teddy Bears
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Vermont Teddy Bear Co.,® of Shelburne, Vt., and Zany Brainy, Inc.,® of King of Prussia, Pa., are recalling about 15,500 miniature skateboard keychains attached to Z.Z. Jamboarder teddy bears. The skateboards' wheels can come off, posing a choking hazard to young children.
The firms are aware of two reports of wheels coming off these skateboards, but no injuries have been reported.
The skateboard keychain is about 3.75 inches long with red wheels. Z.Z. Jamboarder is a light brown teddy bear, about 15 inches long and wears a white shirt, jeans, a purple hat and sunglasses. The shirt and skateboard have matching emblems showing a bear head inside a red circle. The skateboard keychain is attached to a loop on the right side of the bear's jeans. A sewn-in tag under the left arm of the bear reads, "Z.Z. JamboarderTM" and, on the back, "Limited Edition 1999."
Zany Brainy® sold the teddy bears with keychains nationwide through their stores, website and catalog from November 1999 through December 1999 for $10 to $13 with the purchase of $50 of other merchandise.
Consumers should take these skateboard keychains away from young children immediately, and return them to any Zany Brainy® store to receive a Zooolennium bean-filled plush baby animal toy. Consumers also can return the teddy bear and skateboard keychain set to receive a refund. For more information, consumers can call their local Zany Brainy® store or visit the web site at www.zanybrainy.com. Consumers also can call The Vermont Teddy Bear Co.® toll-free at (877) 293-2327 between 8:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
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