November 24, 1986  
Release # 86-074  

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Superior Toy and Novelty Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri and NIKE Inc., of Beaverton, Ore. today announced the voluntary recall of approximately 25,000 stuffed toy bears because they have small parts which could present a choking hazard.

The stuffed bears were imported by Superior for NIKE and distributed with NIKE athletic shoes in a "free gift with purchase" promotion Sept.4-14 by Mervyn's department stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington. The eyes may separate form the stuffed bears thus posing a choking hazard to children. Stuffed toys with small parts which detach violate federal safety standards.

Consumers should return the NIKE stuffed bears to the footwear department of the nearest Mervyn's store. A certificate for a $5 credit on the next purchase of NIKE athletic footwear from Mervyn's will be issued for each NIKE bear returned.

Superior and NIKE have initiated this recall in the interest of the safety of consumers, although there have been no reported injuries involving these toys.

For further information about this recall, consumers may place a collect call to Mervyn's Consumer Affairs Department at 415-786-7000.

For further information:

NIKE, INC. -- Kevin Brown (503) 641-6453
MERVYN'S -- Sandra Salyer (415) 786-8892
SUPERIOR TOY -- Tom Cluen (816) 842-2653