|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|August 31, 1989
|Release # 89-084
Applause, Inc. Recalls Stuffed Toy Because Of Potential Choking Hazards
WASHINGTON, DC. -- Applause, Inc. of Woodland Hills, CA, is voluntarily recalling a 28-inch stuffed "Sesame Street" figure, "Cookie Monster," with rattle eyes because of a potential choking hazard to young children.
The stuffed toy being recalled is identified as "Cookie Monster" (Model #14087, Made in Korea) and is made of blue plush fur. The large eyes of the toy shatter easily, allowing small pellets to fall out which could be ingested by small children and cause choking.
Approximately 1,908 of these stuffed toys were sold in retail stores nationwide from May, 1988 through December, 1988 for approximately $60.00 each.
While neither the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) nor Applause, Inc. is aware of any injuries associated with the stuffed toy, this recall is being taken to prevent the possibility of injury.
Consumers having the stuffed toys should take them away from children and return them to the retail store where purchased for a full refund. Consumers who have any questions about this recall should call Applause, Inc. at 1-800-777-3998 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
The U.S. Customs Service identified the potentially hazardous toys at the Port of Newark during a joint surveillance program conducted with the CPSC.
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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