|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2004
Release # 04-064
|Company Phone Number: (800) 258-3213
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Graco Contact: Tricia Ryan (973) 316-1665
CPSC, Graco Children's Products Announce Recall of Bumble Bee Toys with Blue Antennae
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: Bumble Bee Toys with blue antennae sold with certain Graco high chairs and Graco mobile entertainers, and also sold separately as an accessory and replacement part.
Units: About 398,000
Manufacturer: Graco Children's Products, Inc. of Exton, Pa.
Hazard: The blue antennae on the Bumble Bee toy can break, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: Graco has received 26 reports of the antennae breaking off of the Bumble Bee toys, including five reports of children who started to choke on the broken antennae. One child's throat was scratched when the child's mother removed the broken antenna from the child's mouth. `
Description: All Bumble Bee toys with blue antennae distributed by Graco are included in this recall. Specifically, Bumble Bee toys with blue antennae were distributed with Graco High Chair model numbers 3656CUB, 3658FKB, 3659KER, 3659NGS, 3660WNN and 35605 manufactured between July 22, 2002 and March 9, 2003, and Graco Tot Wheels Mobile Entertainer models 4522OTM, 4522TOTM, 4521ALP, 35628 and 4512FUN manufactured between November 8, 2001 and March 9, 2003. Bumble Bee toys with blue antennae were also distributed separately as an accessory and a replacement part with model number 548094S. Bumble Bee toys with yellow or black antennae are not affected.
Sold at: Discount, department and juvenile product stores from November 2001 through March 2003 on high chairs and mobile entertainers for between $39 and $89, and individually, as accessories, for $5.
Manufactured in: Toy made in China
Remedy: Consumers should discard immediately any Bumble Bee toys with blue antennae in their possession and contact Graco to receive a free replacement toy.
Consumer Contact: Graco at (800) 258-3213 anytime to receive a free replacement toy.
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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