AVIVA Hasbro, Inc. Recalls Honkers Dolls Because Of Possible Choking Hazard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
August 5, 1985  
Release # 85-037
 

AVIVA Hasbro, Inc. Recalls Honkers Dolls Because Of Possible Choking Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Aviva Hasbro, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro Inc., Pawtucket, Rhode Island, today announced a voluntary recall of its Sesame Street Honkers plush doll because the toy has small parts which could present a choking hazard.

When the Honkers dolls were tested for compliance with the CPSC small parts requirement, the eyes came off. The detached eyes are small parts that could present a choking, ingestion or aspiration hazard to children. The CPSC and Aviva Hasbro, Inc., do not know of any injuries involving the Honkers doll.

The Honkers doll is made of deep pink, orange or purple plush fabric and has a large pink or yellow plastic nose, black and white eyes, yellow plastic ears shaped like horns, and a black fabric mouth. The doll is approximately 9 inches tall. A sewn on label reads in part, "HASBRO INDUSTRIES INC. SESAME STREET. . . 1983 HUPPETS, INC. . . 100% Polyester Fibers. MADE IN CHINA H-15 . ." Approximately 144,000 Honkers dolls were distributed from 6-30-83 to 2-13-85 through retail stores nationwide and through Public Television Stations in New York, Philadelphia and ston as promotional items.

Consumers should remove these toys from use immediately and return them for a refund directly to Aviva Hasbro, Inc., P.O. Box 1060, I 4 Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02862. Retailers and distributors who carried the Honkers should contact Aviva Hasbro, Inc., to arrange for the disposition of the toys. For further information about this recall, consumers may call Aviva Hasbro, Inc., at 800-556-6515 or 401-726-4100 or the CPSC's toll free Hotline at 800-638-CPSC. The teletypewriter number for the hearing impaired is (301) 595-7054.