Toy Puzzles Recalled Due To Potential Choking Hazard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Elaine Tyrrell

May 24, 1994

(301) 504-6815

Release # 94-081

 

Toy Puzzles Recalled Due To Potential Choking Hazard

PRODUCT: 8,219 Troll Associates, Incorporated's "Basic Skills Puzzle Sets," and "Wooden Pegged Puzzle Sets." Each set consists of 4 puzzles. The puzzles are labeled: "Hatch-A- Chick," Pretty Posies," "Wacky Creatures," "Animals Friends Train," "Learning World," "On-the-Go," "My Home," and "Animal Friends." The puzzles were sold nationwide through the Learn & Play" mail order catalog from January 1992 through December 1993.

PROBLEM: During routine CPSC testing, red plastic pegs attached to each puzzle piece separated, presenting a potential choking hazard to young children.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should immediately take the puzzles away from young children and return the puzzles to Troll Associates, 4600 Pleasant Hill Road, Memphis, TN 38118 for a refund or free replacement puzzles and reimbursement of all shipping and handling costs. Consumers with questions about this recall may call (800) 942-0781.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Troll Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ is voluntarily recalling 8,219 "Basic Skills Puzzle Set," model QB448, and "Wooden Pegged Puzzle Set," model QP340. During routine CPSC testing, red plastic pegs attached to each puzzle piece separated, presenting a potential choking hazard to young children. The Basic Skills Puzzle Set consists of four wooden puzzles packaged in a cardboard box. The puzzles measure 11 inches by three inches and are labeled as "Hatch-A-Chick," "Pretty Posies," "Wacky Creatures," and "Animals Friends Train." Each puzzle consists of four or five pieces with a red plastic peg attached to each piece. The pegs are used to lift-out puzzle pieces. The labels on the box and puzzles in part read: " 1993 Troll Associates . . . Made in Taiwan."

The Wooden Pegged Puzzle Set also consists of four wooden puzzles packaged in a cardboard box. The puzzles measure 11- inches by 8-« inches and are labeled as "Learning World," "On- the-Go," "My Home," and "Animal Friends." Each puzzle consists of eight or nine pieces with a red plastic peg attached to each piece. The pegs are used to lift-out puzzle pieces. The labels on the box and puzzles in part read: " 1992 Troll Associates . . . Made in Taiwan."

The puzzles were sold nationwide through Troll Associates' mail order catalog "Learn & Play" from January 1992 through December 1993. The Basic Skills Puzzle Set sold for $14.95, and the Wooden Pegged Puzzle Set sold for $29.95.

Consumers should immediately take the puzzles away from young children and return the puzzles to Troll Associates, 4600 Pleasant Hill Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38118 for a refund or free replacement puzzles and reimbursement of all shipping and handling costs. Consumers who have questions about this recall may contact the Customer Service Department of the Learn & Play catalog toll-free at: (800) 942-0781.

Neither CPSC nor Troll is aware of any injuries involving the puzzles. This voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury. The potentially hazardous toys were identified by CPSC during a routine inspection of the firm.

CPSC is the Federal agency responsible for consumer product safety. Some 15,000 different types of consumer products fall within CPSC's jurisdiction.