September 11, 1987  
Release # 87-052

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Artsana of America, Inc., New York, New York, today announced a recall of children's rattles which could be a choking hazard.

The recalled item is a plastic baby rattle with a rubber suction cup. The top of the rattle has four balls fastened to a hub which spins on a shaft. Each ball contains two plastic pellets to provide noise as the balls are spun. The unit's hub is labeled "Made in Italy" and its suction cup is labeled "CHICCO". The rattle is identified as Model 61722 and sold in a cardboard box labeled "Spinning Windmill Rattle, 3 months - 24 months, Artsana S.P.A., Made in Italy."

Neither CPSC nor the firm is aware of any known injury associated with this rattle. Approximately 61,000 units were sold nationwide by the firm during the past two years for $2.95 each. Consumers who purchased these rattles for children should stop using them immediately and return them to the store where originally purchased for a refund. Retailers who have the Model 61722 Spinning Windmill Rattle in stock should stop selling them immediately.

Anyone wishing additional information may contact Artsana of America, Inc., by calling 212-255-6977. To determine if your product is affected by this announcement, consumers can call the CPSC toll-free hotline number at 800-638-CPSC. A teletypewriter number for the hearing impaired is (301) 595-7054.