Atico International USA Recalls Holiday Rattle Baby Slippers Due to Choking Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Walgreens

The internal stuffing and rattle inside the slippers decorative figures can be pulled out.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2011
Release #11-167
Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 546-4835
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Atico International USA Recalls Holiday Rattle Baby Slippers Due to Choking Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Walgreens

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Holiday rattle baby slippers

Units: About 57,000

Importer: Atico International USA Inc., of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Distributor/Retailer: Walgreen Co., of Deerfield, Ill.

Hazard: The internal stuffing and rattle inside the slippers decorative figures can be pulled out, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: Atico received one report of a 7-month old baby that was found beginning to turn blue with the slippers' stuffing in its' mouth. The baby's father removed the stuffing. Two additional reports of babies wearing the slippers who pulled on the rattle/stuffing and the stuffing came out were also reported. No injuries reported.

Description: The recalled slippers are decorated with stuffed fabric figures including snowmen, Santa, reindeer, and penguins, and have decorative rattles inside the slippers that sound like bells when shaken. Item number 999526 is printed on the back of the cardboard header card packaging. "Find Your Joy" is printed on the front of the slippers packaging.

Sold exclusively at: Walgreen stores nationwide from October 2010 through January 2011 for about $5.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the slippers and return them to any Walgreen location for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Atico International USA toll-free at (877) 546-4835 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.aticousa.com

Picture of recalled  Holiday Rattle Baby Slippers