|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|September 28, 1989|
|Release # 89-093|
Toys "R" Us, Inc. Recalls Wooden Shaky Head Rattle Toy Because Of Potential Choking Hazards
WASHINGTON, DC. -- Toys "R" Us, Inc. of Paramus, New Jersey is voluntarily recalling 11,000 "Wooden Shaky Head Rattles" because they may pose a potential choking hazard to young children.
The product being recalled consists of a 6 1/2-inch-long natural wood rattle with the top half in colors of yellow, red, pink and black. The top of the rattle is in the shape of a head. Two wooden balls, each having a diameter of 3/4 of an inch, are attached to the body with springs which make a rattle noise. The product has a label "Made in Taiwan" and comes in a clear plastic bag with a green cardboard header reading in part: "Summco International Ltd. No. 453105, Distributed by Lash Distributors, Paramus, N.J. SKN 421804." Acting Chairman Anne Graham, of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), said "The product fails to meet the CPSC mandatory standard for rattles that is intended to prevent choking accidents involving young children."
These rattles were sold nationwide during 1988 and 1989 through Toys "R" Us, Inc. stores for $1.99 per package. Graham said, "While neither the CPSC nor Toys "R" Us, Inc. is aware of any injuries associated with the toy, this corrective action is being taken to prevent that possibility." "Consumers having these rattles should take them away from children and return them to the nearest Toys "R" Us, Inc. store for a full refund of the purchase price."
Consumers who have any questions about this recall may contact Toys "R" Us, Inc. toll-free at 1-800-548-0364.
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