|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|April 14, 1986|
|Release # 86-024|
Washington, D.C. -- In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Firms of Davis-Grabowski, Inc., Miami, Florida; Small World Toys, Culver City, California; U.S. Toy Company Inc., Grandview, Missouri; Childcraft Education Corp., Edison, New Jersey; and Playspaces International, Sudbury, Massachusetts, today announced a voluntary recall of their "Jack in the Ball" toy. Under use and abuse testing, the button (belly button) which activates the jack could fall out, becoming a potential choking hazard for young children. CPSC safety standards specify that toys for children under three (3) years of age must not have such small parts, because they can be aspirated, choked on, or swallowed.
Since January 1985, a total of approximately 20,000 Jack in the Ball toys have been distributed nationwide by the 5 distributors. The toy retails for approximately $10.00. The CPSC is not aware of any reports of injuries involving this toy.
The plastic "Jack in the Ball" is a combination roly-poly toy and jack in the box. It is available in several different color combinations, and measures approximately 4 inches by 5 inches. The toy is packaged in a carton labeled "Ambi toys Jack in the Ball E153. The manufacturer is Europlastic, Amsterdam, Holland.
Consumers should remove this toy from use immediately and return it to the retailer where purchased for a full refund. Retailers should remove this toy from sale immediately and consult the appropriate importer regarding their account.
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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