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.