|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2007
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 421-4153
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Small World Toys Recalls Children's Take-Apart Townhouse Toys; Detached Magnets Pose Aspiration and Intestinal Hazards
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 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: IQ Preschool™ Take-Apart Townhouse
Units: About 8,800
Distributor: Small World Toys, of Culver City, Calif.
Hazard: Small magnets used to connect the wooden pieces to the sides of the townhouse can fall out. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal.
Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Small World Toys have received two reports of magnets coming off of the townhouse pieces. No injuries have been reported.
Description: These wooden toys, for children ages "18+ months," are shaped like houses measuring 8.5 inches high by about 4.5 inches wide. They have nine pieces that children can disassemble and reassemble. Each house has a green chimney and a blue and yellow striped pillar with a purple base at each corner. The sides of the house have four removable panels of different shapes with red knobs that children use to pull the panels off. "IQ Preschool™" appears on the side of the house below the blue and green rectangular panel. Model number 2408808 appears on the packaging.
Sold at: Toy stores and various other retailers nationwide and through catalogs from December 2004 through February 2007 for about $21.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Take these toys away from children immediately and contact the firm to obtain a free replacement product.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Small World Toys at (800) 421-4153 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, visit their Web site at www.smallworldtoys.com or e-mail the firm at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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