|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|May 11, 1988|
|Release # 88-026|
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Toys-R-Us of Rochelle Park, New Jersey, is recalling Colorforms #150 Story Book Puzzles and Crib Pals Shake and Twist Baby Rattles, #098132, because they violate safety requirements and present a potential choking hazard.
The Colorforms #150 Story Book Puzzles are five piece wooden puzzles in two models: The "Pinky Brite Bear" and the "Rosy Brite Bear". The puzzles are packaged in brightly colored boxes labeled, "COLORFORMS WOOD N' PEG BRITE BEAR STORY BOOK PUZZLE, AGES 1 l/2 TO 3 YEARS. MADE IN COSTA RICA DISTRIBUTED BY LASH DISTRIBUTORS, ROCHELLE PARK, NJ 07662.
Some of the pieces of the puzzles are small parts and present a potential choking hazard. The Department of Consumer Protection for the State of Connecticut identified this violation.
Approximately 12,000 of these puzzles were sold nationwide from September '86 to December '87 through Toys-R-Us Stores for approximately $5.97.
The Crib Pals Shake N' Twist Baby Rattle, #098132, measures 5 l/2 inches by 1 3/4 inches. One end has a ball 1 l/2 inches in diameter which contains liquid and six colored pellets. The other end contains a squeaker 1 3/4 inches in diameter. The rattler can break during use, and the broken pieces present a potential choking hazard.
The rattle is packaged on a card labeled, "CRIB PALS SHAKE AND TWIST RATTLE, TOYS-R-US, AGES 6 MONTHS AND UP SKN 098132, MANUFACTURED BY SHIN NIHON TSUSHO JAPAN." Approximately 24,000 of these rattles were sold nationwide from March '86 to December '87 through Toys-R-Us stores for approximately $1.48.
Although the CPSC and Toys-R-Us have not received reports of any injuries or deaths involving the Colorforms puzzles or the Shake and Twist baby rattles, consumers should take these toys away from children and return them to any Toys-R-Us store for a full refund of the purchase price.
Anyone wishing additional information about this recall may call Toys-R-Us at 201-368-5433.
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