|August 4, 2003
CPSC, HearthSong Announce Recall of "Happyvillagers" Toy Sets
The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Happyvillagers Toy Sets
Units: 3,250 sets (12 villagers per set)
Manufacturer: HearthSong, of Madison, Va.
Hazard: The head can detach from the body of the villagers, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: No injuries have been reported.
Description: The Happyvillagers are made with birchwood and painted with various villager images. The sets were sold separately with 12 villagers per set and as a part of the Happyville Special set that included a set of 35 Happyville Blocks. Only the Happyvillagers are included in the recall.
Sold At: HearthSong sold the Happyvillagers Toy Sets through their catalog and Web site from Sept. 30, 2002 through March 11, 2003 for about $15.
Manufactured In: China
Remedy: Consumers should take the Happyvillagers away from young children immediately and return to HearthSong for a full refund including the cost of postage. Send the Happyvillagers to HearthSong, Attn: Returns, 3700 Wyse Road, Dayton, OH 45414-2541.
Consumer Contact: Call toll-free at (888) 623-6557 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
Media Contact: Ms. Linda DeRose-Droubay at (540) 948-7353
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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