Neiman-Marcus Recalls Gift Ornaments As Possible Hazards For Children

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
October 13, 1988  
Release # 88-086  

Neiman-Marcus Recalls Gift Ornaments As Possible Hazards For Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Two gift wrap ornaments - a fuzzy, squeaking duck which was attached to Neiman-Marcus gift-wrapped boxes between January 1, 1988 and April 30, 1988, and a wooden Hansel and Gretel decoration which was attached to Neiman-Marcus gift-wrapped boxes between January 1, 1987 and December 31, 1987 are being recalled as potential hazards for young children. Susan Crane, Inc., of Dallas, Texas and Neiman-Marcus, which purchased the ornaments from Susan Crane, are voluntarily recalling the ornaments.

The fuzzy yellow duck contains a possible aspiration or choking hazard to young children because its one quarter-inch black plastic eyes can be pulled off. The duck is about four inches tall with orange felt feet and beak and squeaks when squeezed. About 6,000 ducks were affixed to gift-wrapped boxes by Neiman-Marcus stores.

The painted, wooden Hansel and Gretel decoration may present a potential lead poisoning hazard because paint on the decoration contains lead in excess of the 0.06% limit (in the dry paint film) allowed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. About 11,000 of the five-inch tall Hansel and Gretel decorations were affixed to gift-wrapped boxes by Neiman-Marcus stores.

Consumers who received the ducks or the Hansel and Gretel decorations as a part of Neiman-Marcus Gift-wrapped Boxes should return then to a Neiman-Marcus store for a refund of the gift-wrap price.

Neiman-Marcus stores are located in: Beverly Hills, CA; Newport Beach, CA; Palo Alto, CA; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC; Bal Harbour, FL; Ft. Lauderdale, Fl; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Northbrook, IL; Oakbrook, IL; Boston, MA; St. Louis, MO; Las Vegas, NY; White Plains, NY; Dallas, TX; Ft. Worth, TX; and Houston, TX.