Squeeze Toys Being Recalled Because Of Potential Choking Hazard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
December 16, 1982  
Release # 82-054
 

Squeeze Toys Being Recalled Because Of Potential Choking Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, two firms announced voluntary recalls of squeeze toys because similar shaped squeeze toys manufactured by another company have been involved in choking deaths. While the squeeze toys described in these recalls have not been involved in any known choking incidents, the handles are small enough to lodge in an infant's throat and obstruct the airway. Consumers should remove these products from use immediately.

Crib Mates Inc., of Hollis, New York is recalling approximately 19,000 of the following squeeze toys which have been distributed nationwide in the last two years:

Popeye character head on red handle

Olive Oyl character head on red handle

The toys are made of soft, easily compressed plastic material, are in a package bearing the number P 7932 and are sold under the brand name: Popeye. Stamped on the back of the head is "King Features Syndicate, Inc. Crib Mates 1979". No other Popeye or Crib Mates squeeze toys are involved in this recall.

Consumers should remove these products from use immediately and return them to the retailer where purchased for full refund. Retailers should remove the toys from sale immediately and return to Crib Mates for a refund.

Baby World Company, Inc. of Great Neck, New York and Grafton, West Virginia is recalling approximately 64,800 "Squeeze Me" animal squeeze toys which were sold on a nationwide basis from 1980 until the company ceased distribution in 1981. The toys are:

lion's head with bow tie on handle

cat's head with bow tie on handle

dog's head with bow tie on handle.

The toys are made of soft, easily compressed plastic material and were sold under the brand name "Squeeze Me" in a plastic bag with a cardboard label. The label bears the style number "7576' and the name "Baby World Company, Inc., Great Neck, NY." The overall length of the toys is 4-3/4". The toys have ends measuring about 7/8" in diameter and handles that are approximately 2-l/4" in length.

Consumers should remove these products from use immediately and return them to the retailer where purchased for full refund. If desired, consumers may return the squeeze toy to Baby World Company, Inc., Pike Street, Grafton, West Virginia 26354, telephone (304) 265-2120, for full refund. Retailers should remove the toys from sale immediately and return them to Baby World Company, Inc., Grafton, West Virginia.

For further information, consumers may call CPSC's toll-free Hotline at 800-638-CPSC.