|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|October 3, 1980|
|Release # 80-038|
WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 3) -- Playskool, Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that two "Bristle Block" components which may detach in use and abuse testing fail to comply with a regulation designed to prevent children under 3 from swallowing small parts.
These parts should be discarded and will be replaced without charge to customers. The company is taking this action although no injuries or complaints have been received relating to these components.
Bristle Blocks are colored plastic shapes with flexible bristles that interlock. The products are sold and distributed nationally by leading wholesale and retail establishments.
The two components to be replaced are Bristle heads contained in Bristle Block set #808 and Bristle wheels-and-axel assemblies included in Bristle sets #806, 807 and 808.
Members of the public who have these Bristle heads and wheel-and-axel assemblies are urged to discard their old components and write to the company by postcard or letter requesting a replacement at the following address:
PO Box 200
Pawtucket, RI 02862-0200
Replacement will be provided free of charge by the company by return mail.
Consumers with any questions may call the Customer Service Department at Playskool at (800)-752-9755.
A copy of a photograph of the two Bristle Blocks components is attached to this document.
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