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Potential Strangulation Risk Prompts Toys R Us To Recall Crib Toy

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Recall Date:
February 13, 1989

Recall Details



February 13, 1989


Release # 89-013


WASHINGTON -- Toys R Us of Paramus, N.J., is voluntarily recalling approximately 800 "Curiosity Snail" crib toys. These toys have a looped cord with a teether attached to its body long enough to fit over an infant's head and present a potential risk of strangulation.

When rolled up, the soft, yellow fabric toy is shaped like a snail and may be used as a stuffed animal toy. When unrolled and attached to a crib rail, "Curiosity Snail" becomes an activity toy with plastic rings, a mirror, a peek-a-boo feature, and the teether. A label attached to the toy reads "Softee Learners. Made in China." Care instructions are found on the reverse side of the label.

"Curiosity Snail" was sold nationally for about $14 in Toys R Us stores this year.

While no strangulations or injuries have been reported, the company is recalling the toy in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission because of the possibility of injury to young children. Consumers should take the toy away from children and return it to the nearest Toys R Us store for a refund of the purchase price.

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