|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|March 14, 1989
|Release # 89-020
Choking Hazard Prompts Recall Of Crib Toys, Dolls
WASHINGTON-- Two crib toys and small dolls sold nationwide in toy stores last year under the "Blue Box" label are being voluntarily recalled by Norman J. Lewis Associates, New York, N.Y., because small parts of the toys may present choking hazards to young children.
Recalled by the company:
- "Crib Activity Play Doggie," a plastic crib toy which attaches to a crib or playpen railing with fabric straps. Molded in the shape of a dog dressed in coat and tie, the 12-inch flat toy has dials and knobs for the infant to push and pull as well as a detachable horn and telephone receiver. Small pieces of the horn and phone receiver may break apart and could present choking hazards for young children. "BLUE BOX MADE IN SINGAPORE" is imprinted on the back of the crib toy. Approximately 21,000 were sold last year.
- "Play Mirror" is another plastic crib toy which attaches to a crib or playpen with fabric straps. The 11-inch mirror is framed in yellow plastic; dials, rings and a cylinder are located on the bottom of the frame. Pieces of plastic may break off the toy and could present choking hazards for young children. "BLUE BOX" is imprinted on the upper left corner of the frame. Approximately 37,000 play mirrors were sold last year.
- "Sweet Heart Babies" are four-inch, plastic female dolls with rooted hair, painted eyes and jointed arms and legs. The dolls are wearing one piece of clothing. The doll's arms and legs can be pulled off and could be a choking hazard to young children. "CHINA" is imprinted on the doll's back. Approximately 190,000 were sold in sets of six dolls in clear plastic packaging.
While no injuries have been reported to the company or to the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), parents should immediately take the toys away from young children and return them to the store where purchased for a refund of the full purchase price.
U.S. Customs Service identified the toys during the "Operation Toyland" surveillance program conducted with CPSC last year, at-the Ports of Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Seattle.
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.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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