March 14, 1989  
Release # 89-021

Toys R Us Recalling 12,000 Baby Rattles

WASHINGTON-- Toys R Us of Paramus, N.J., is voluntarily recalling some 12,000 helicopter baby rattles sold nationwide last year because the rattle could present a choking hazard to infants.

Shaped like a toy helicopter, the rattle copter has a tail section which is long enough to reach the back of an infants throat and possibly cause choking. In addition, a small yellow cap at the top of the copter may come off and could pose a choking hazard.

The toy helicopter rattle was sold individually and as part of a three-piece rattle set. Toys R Us sold the rattles singly as "Crib Pals Tiny Tinkers Rattle Copter," #SKN331139, for $4. The three-piece "Crib Pals Tiny Tinkers," SKN331244, included two other rattles, a carry-along clock and a dial-and-spin rattle, which do not pose choking hazards to infants; the combination set retailed for $10.

Standing three-and-a-half inches high, the rattle copter is made of white, red and blue hard plastic. Clear plastic spheres are incorporated into the copter's body and tail sections, each sphere containing a spinning butterfly and duck in a liquid solution. "Royal Co. Ltd. Japan 198711 is imprinted on the bottom of the rattle copter.

Consumers who bought the rattle copter singly or as part of the three-piece rattle set should take the rattle away from infants immediately and return the product to the nearest Toys R Us store for a refund of the full purchase price. Consumers may also call Toys R Us toll-free at 1-800-548-0364 for information about the product recall.