Release # 84-048  

Washington, D.C. -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Fisher-Price, a Division of the Quaker Oats Company, East Aurora, New York, today announced a voluntary recall and replacement of the Fisher-Price brand "Splash & Stack Bluebird" toy, Model #167 due to a potential suffocation hazard associated with the cup-shape head of the toy. The Company will replace the head portion of the toy.

The Commission and Fisher-Price have investigated 3 incidents in which the head of the bluebird toy became stuck over the noses and mouths of young children's faces by suction. The toy heads were forcibly removed from the children's faces by parents.

The "Splash & Stack Bluebird" is a 5-piece stacking toy, the head of which is blue in color with an orange beak. When stacked the toy resembles a bird sitting in a nest. The Model #167 is stamped on the bottom of the toy.

Approximately 278,000 toys were shipped by Fisher-Price between March and December, 1983. The bluebird sells at retail for approximately $5.20.

In December, 1983, Fisher-Price redesigned the head of the toy by adding ridges to the inside of the beak of the bird head which should eliminate any potential suffocation hazard associated with the toy head. The head of the toy without ridges in the beak is the only portion of the toy which is being recalled by Fisher-Price.

Consumers should take the recalled Bluebird toy away from children and call Fisher-Price for service at 1-800-233-4000.


Additional information may also be obtained by calling the Consumer Product Safety Commission's toll free Hotline at 1-800-638-CPSC. A teletypewriter number for the hearing-impaired is (301) 595-7054.