|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|November 29, 1979|
|Release # 79-068|
WASHINGTON, D. C. (November 29)-- Approximately 1,000 toys which may pose a hazard to infants are being recalled by the toy's retailer, the F.A.O. Schwarz Company, of New York City.
The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The toy, know as an infant crib exerciser, consists of a red elastic cord strung with colored wooden beads and rings. The 17-inch elastic cord poses a potential strangulation hazard to infants who could become entangled in the cord.
The toy was imported from J. Schowanek, a manufacturer in West Germany, and was sold in F.A.O. Schwarz stores for $7.95 between July, 1976 and January, 1979. The foreign manufacturer stated that it has stopped producing this toy.
Consumers who purchased the crib exerciser from F.A.O. Schearz can receive a full refund by returning the toy to any F.A.O. Schwarz store with proof-of-purchase.
F.A.O. Schwarz told CPSC that other firms have imported and sold the toy but that Schearz does not know the names of these companies. CPSC urges consumers to contact its toll-free Hotline at (800) 638-2772 if they know of other importers or retailers of the hazardous exercises.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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